PCC Elections 2016

The Election of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Merseyside will take place on Thursday 5 May 2016.

To vote in a Police and Crime Commissioner Election, you must be over 18 and registered to vote. Information on registering to vote can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website.

You can also find out more about elections and voting at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Details of the candidates in the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2016 will be published as they become available. You will be able to find this information on Choose My PCC.

The incumbent Commissioner’s term of office officially ends on May 11. The new term begins on May 12.

Police & Crime Commissioners

Elected Police and Crime Commissioners, also known as PCCs, were introduced by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. This Act also provides for the election of PCCs to be held at four yearly intervals.

The first PCC election took place across England and Wales on the 15th November 2012, creating 41 PCCs. 

PCCs are elected by the public for a period of four years.

PCCs are elected by you to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area ensuring the policing needs of your community are met as effectively as possible.

Police and Crime Commissioners are elected to hold your police force to account for delivering the kind of policing you want to see. Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure your police force is effective.

They bring a public voice to policing by:

  • engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime priorities;
  • ensuring the police force budget is spent efficiently and effectively; and
  • appointing, or where necessary dismissing, the Chief Constable.

What is a Police and Crime Commissioner?

Take a look at this short video produced by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk to find out more about the role of the PCC:


Information for Prospective Candidates

If you are considering standing as a candidate you can find a range of information on this site, including key information, useful links and contact details here.