2020 PCC election

About

The 2020 PCC Election pages are hosted and maintained by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire.  Content and documents have been prepared by the 2020 PCC Election Board and aim to provide a range of information for prospective candidates including relevant contact details, links and a series of briefings on subjects including policing, finance, commissioning and partnerships.

These briefings will be kept up to date during the run up to the election and papers published on these pages.

Information about who’s standing in the PCC Election will be made available when announced.  Please note, people intending to stand only formally become candidates, once formal nomination papers have been received by the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO).  In Gloucestershire, the PARO is Jon McGinty, Managing Director of Gloucester City Council.

Police and Crime Commissioners

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were introduced by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.  The first PCC election took place across England and Wales in November 2012, creating 41 PCCs.  In 2016, the Greater Manchester PCC role was subsumed into the Combined Authority Mayor role leaving 40 PCCs nationally.

The next PCC election is due to take place on 7 May 2020.  PCCs will be elected by the public for a period of four years (until May 2024).

PCCs are elected to oversee how crime is tackled in each police force area ensuring the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible and to hold their police force to account for delivering the kind of policing the public want to see. Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure the police force is effective.

They bring a public voice to policing and do this is by:

About Gloucestershire Constabulary

Intent, values and principles

Constabulary intent: to inspire trust, confidence and pride by:

  • serving the public and placing them at the heart of everything they do
  • making decisions based on their values, principles and doing the right thing
  • having capable, motivated and professional people working for the Constabulary
  • Being financially sound, sustainable and resilient, with the right technology, estate and equipment.

Constabulary values and principles: In doing this, the Constabulary will:

  • act with honesty, integrity and humanity
  • listen, learn and improve
  • be responsive
  • take responsibility for what we do and how we do it
  • thrive through changes, challenges, collaborations and opportunities
  • be creative, innovative and adaptable
  • work together and achieve as one team
  • promote and value leadership at all levels.

Gloucestershire Constabulary is the second oldest County Police Force in the UK.  The force covers about 1,000 square miles and is home to the Cotswolds, Royal Forest of Dean and Severn Vale and also includes the urban centres of Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Map of Gloucestershire police force area

The Force serves a population of around 600,000 people, in a county which incorporates two royal households, two airports, a university, part of the M5 motorway and a number of large employers, including GCHQ. It also hosts several major events and has been a national pilot site for the badger cull which create peaks in demand for its resources. For more information about the policing environment, please look at Summary of Policing.

Neighbourhood policing

Day to day policing of the county is delivered through six neighbourhood areas: Stroud, Tewkesbury, The Cotswolds, Forest of Dean, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

At the most local level, the neighbourhood policing teams have built strong relationships with the communities they work in. Made up of police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs), special constables and other support staff, they tackle crime and disorder and other issues which matter most to the public.

To find out more about crime and policing in Gloucestershire Find out more

Force publications

Gloucestershire Constabulary regularly publish information on its performance, including Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.

Find out more

Chief Officer Group

The Constabulary is headed by Chief Constable Rod Hansen who is supported by a Deputy Chief Constable, two Assistant Chief Constable and selected officers.

Find out more

Voting

The Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for Gloucestershire is Jon McGinty Managing Director of Gloucester City Council.  The PARO is responsible for administering the PCC election.

Police and Crime Commissioner elections use a supplementary voting system.  There are two stages to this process

Stage 1

  • The first preference votes are counted.
  • If a candidate receives more than 50% of these first preference votes then he or she is elected and a result is declared.
  • If no candidate receives more than 50% of the first preference votes then the two candidates with the highest number of votes go forward to stage 2 and all other candidates are eliminated.

Stage 2

  • The second preferences of those votes who put an eliminated candidate first are then checked. Any second preference votes for the remaining two candidates are added to the votes they received in stage 1.
  • The candidate with the highest number of votes received after adding together the results from stages 1 and 2 is elected and a result is declared.

See the Electoral Commission’s website for more information on PCC elections and voting

You can find out more about elections, voting and how to register to vote by looking at the various links below:

Indicative timetable (further detail/confirmation of dates will be added when available)

2020
February 2020 PCC Election Board
March 2020 PCC Election Board
27 Start of Purdah
31 PARO: Publication of election no later than this date
April 2020 PCC Election Board
8 PARO: 4pm deadline for delivery of nomination papers, withdrawals and notification of appointment of election agent
9 PARO: 4pm deadline for publication of statement of persons nominated.
21 Provisional date for familiarisation event for candidates with Gloucestershire Constabulary and OPCC
29 PARO: Publication of notice of poll no later than this date.
30 PARO: Publication of final election notice of alteration
May 2020 PCC Election Board
7 POLLING DAY (7am to 10pm)
11 Count for the PCC election and announcement from 11am at Oxtstalls Tennis Centre, Gloucester
13 2016-2020 term of office ends
14 2020-2024 of Office begins
Within 2 months of the election Swearing in / Declaration of Office

 

A timetable from The Electoral Commission for the 2020 PCC elections can be found below.

Combined timetable for PCC elections in England.pdf

Contact

Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) who is responsible for administering the election in Gloucestershire:

Jon McGinty
Managing Director, Gloucester City Council

Email: jon.mcginty@gloucestershire.gov.uk

To contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner with queries relating to the OPCC and the Election:

Richard Bradley
Chief Executive Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire

Email: www.gloucestershire-pcc.gov.uk | Tel: 01452 75 4348

Dealing with queries

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire is committed to transparency and fairness.  In order to facilitate the many queries we expect to receive in the lead up to and during the election, all election queries will be managed by the Head of Policy, Performance and Strategy, Ruth Greenwood.  This includes queries made to Gloucestershire Constabulary.

We aim to answer all queries in a timely manner and all responses will be posted on our election pages with a unique reference number.

Election queries and responses

Queries from (potential) candidates:

Question - Chris Nelson

Query

06/09/19: I would like to know the background details to the PCC’s statement in a recent Echo article that Gloucestershire Police would normally expect to receive 150 extra Police Officers as part of its share of the extra 20,000 promised nationally.

Response

11/09/19: The announcement of funding for an additional 20,000 officers has obviously been welcomed but there is a level of uncertainty about what this actually means for each force or even the timings for any uplift from Government.

In relation to Martin’s specific comments, it would probably be best to make contact with him for clarification.  I can tell you though what the OPCC knows and the assumptions we are working on in the absence full detail from the Home Office.

  • We know that not all of the £750m will come to forces as some will be retained centrally.
  • We understand that the £750m increase in funding is not just for the uplift in officers but is also to cover pay rises, inflation, cost pressures and additional pension costs.
  • £120m is still required in cash savings although the steer from Ministers is that frontline policing should be protected.
  • The allocation of the 20,000 officers has not been announced by the Home Office. Our working assumption at present is that we would receive about 150 additional officers if numbers were allocated based on the grant formula. This assumes that all officers are allocated to forces rather than the National Crime Agency, Counter Terrorism etc.

The Spending Round last week announced that the first 6,000 officers would be recruited by 31st March 2021. The Home Office have indicated that all these officers will be allocated to police forces but have not announced how this number will be allocated. We are working on the assumption that this will be on the grant allocation which would give us around 45 officers. Our recruitment plans to 31st March 2021 include these additional officers.

Query

18/09/19: May I add another question pse?  What is the average response time for 101 calls in the County and how does that compare to ‘best practice’ around the country?

Response

23/09/19: I think that the best source of information in relation to your query will be HMICFRS.  I’ll have a look and get back to you with any information I can find as soon as I can.

27/09/19: I’ve struggled to get you a direct response to your query as I can only provide publically available information.  I have asked, for example, if there have been any recent FOIs that may be able to provide you with the information in relation to Gloucestershire but nothing has come back I’m sorry.

I think that probably the most relevant the HMICFRS PEEL inspections wold be Effectiveness.  Details of the most recent inspection can be found here: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/peel-assessments/peel-2018/gloucestershire/ but I’ve also attached a couple of reports that might be able to assist you in your research.

If you want to submit an FOI request for police data you can do it via me if you give me permission to transfer your request to the Constabulary as the data you will be requesting is theirs not ours.  We’re obviously unable to answer on their behalf as a separate legal entity.

I apologise I cannot be of further assistance at this time

Query

03/10/19: yes pse, could I submit a FOI request through you pse:

I am interested in the last 3 years data (or the last 3 years that we have data for).  What is the annual volume of 101 calls in Gloucestershire and what is the average response time to answer calls please for each year?  How does that compare to best practice 101 response times around the country (if that is not available, please compare to the Durham Constabulary)?.

Response

03/10/19: Thank you Mr Nelson – I’ll pass that onto the FOI Team and copy you in.  You will probably find that they will not be able to provide you with the data for Durham as that is not Gloucestershire Constabulary’s information to share.  That means you that you will have to send a similar FOI request to Durham for that.

Query

04/10/19: please could you add the number of abandoned 101 calls for each year

04/10/19: Just seen this: https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/more-200000-calls-gloucestershire-police-3391085

seems rather odd that this sort of information was being prepared but that it was apparently too hard to also provide it to me??  You will remember below that you said that you had asked if there were any previous FOI requests.

Response

04/10/19: I can assure you I asked the Head of Governance and she said she would ask her team if there was anything they had and could provide. Having not heard back from her or them, I responded to you. I can only ask why I was not provided with with information when asked if there was indeed publically available information that could be shared.

I don’t know the background to this article or the timings relating to it but if it is as a result of an FOI, that information only becomes available upon response to the person requesting the information, not before. The Constabulary responds and hundreds and hundreds FOI requests every year and neither I nor the OPCC would have details of information requests received.

I have been as helpful as I can be and will remain so during the election period. Should you wish to escalate your concerns further however, please contact my line manager and the Chief Executive of the OPCC Richard Bradley. I have copied him into this email for ease.

Query

04/10/19: thank you Ruth….I am happy with your explanation…..I guess these things can happen, completely by chance but I am sure you can understand my surprise when I came across this article this morning?

I agree that you have been very helpful ever since your first contact, for which I am grateful.  I guess it should mean that my own FOI request could now be answered quite quickly?

Response

07/10/19: I’m afraid I don’t know when the Constabulary will be able to respond but I have let them know what you have said.

Query

12/11/19: I was under the impression that the FOI department is supposed to provide its response within 20 working days.  I have a number of requests in and have yet to receive a single answer, apart from the initial automated responses.  Could you help pse?

Response

12/11/19: I’ll send your message on and ask them to respond to you directly.

29/01/20: Constabulary FOI response provided

Question - Chris Nelson

Query

22/01/20: Telephone conversation with Mr Nelson.

Response

22/01/20: I’ve spoken with the Chief Finance Officer and he’ll pull the information together that you have requested below:

  1. The generic cost of a police officer
  2. An overview of precept increases over the past 5 years

As I’m sure you appreciate he’s very busy at the moment with budget announcements preparations but we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Query

22/01/20: many thanks…….could I also for comparison have the generic capitation rate for a PCSO as well pse?

Response

22/01/20: I’ll pass this on to our CFO.

Query

23/01/20: Any chance of an answer this evening pse Ruth?  I can live with just the police officer and PCSO average costs pse

Response

23/01/20:  The information you have requested is:

  1. Average cost of a police constable for 2020/21: £51.6k (includes salary, NIC and pension contributions)
  2. Cost for a PCSO: £38.0k (includes salary, NIC and pension contributions and shift allowance)

Question - Chris Nelson

Query

29/01/20: I note that no mention is made of Specials…….could you let me know the current strength pse?

Response

29/01/20: Yes, I’ve just checked at the current establishment of the Special Constabulary is 138 across all ranks.  Recruitment has been on hold while forces wait for the new training curriculum from the College of Policing but that is due in the next 6 months so fingers crossed, we will be recruiting again this summer.

Question - Chris Nelson

Query

04/02/20: Another couple of quick questions for Peter pse.  Yesterday at the Police and Crime Panel Review of the budget, it was stated that 0.7% of the 2.7% precept was equivalent to about £1M, to fund the Commissioners new fund.  However, looking at the budget paper again, on page 10, para 9.4 it states: “The additional precept funding from an increase of 2.7% (£6.76), rather than 2% (£5.00) – £0.411m”

Could he clarify these 2 different statements pse.  I think the £1M fund looks more like a 1.7% precept increase??

Am I also correct that the 4% maximum precept increase is equivalent to an extra £2.4M?

Response

04/02/20: I’ll have to ask Pete to respond to this I’m afraid.  I’ll pass this onto him and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

05/02/20: Please see the response from Peter below:

“Chris is correct. A decrease of £1m in precept funding would give a precept increase of 1.7%. What I was not able to say in the meeting was that we have not covered the reduction in the capital grant for 2020/21. As it was a late surprise in the settlement we are covering with one off funds in 2020/21. If the precept increase had been reduced I would have recommended reducing to 2% so that we could cover the loss in the capital grant next year.

The £10 (4%) increase would give around £2.33m funding compared to freezing the precept.”

Queries from members of the public:

2020 PCC Election Board

To ensure that the Constabulary and OPCC are prepared for the 2020 election and to oversee all election activity, an Election Governance Board has been established.  The membership of this Board is as follows:

 

OPCC

·         Richard Bradley

·         Ruth Greenwood

·         Amanda Segelov

·         Vanessa Pegler

 

OPCC & Constabulary

·         Hilary Allison

 

Constabulary

·         DCC Jon Stratford

·         DI Neil Drakeley

·         Michael Griffiths

Click here Election-Board-Terms-of-Reference-2020-v3.pdf to see the Terms of Reference for this Group.

Candidate briefings

In order to assist prospective candidates, the OPCC will produce briefing documents in the lead up to the election.

In addition, once nomination papers have been submitted to the PARO, the Constabulary and OPCC will host a familiarisation event for all candidates at the Constabulary Headquarters, Waterwells Drive, Quedgeley (date to be confirmed).  The aim of this is to ensure equal access to all Chief Officers from the Constabulary and OPCC.

Attending this event will be Chief Officers from the Constabulary and OPCC.

Briefing Documents

Useful Links and Documents

 Gloucestershire

 National

The Commissioner’s Fund

Here in Gloucestershire, PCC Martin Surl allocates 1% of the overall policing budget to the Commissioner’s Fund, which supports county-based projects that deliver one or more of our priorities. Our aim is to work directly with communities to make Gloucestershire safer.

About the fund

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