2021 PCC election


The 2021 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 2021 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 6 May 2021.  PCCs will be elected by the public for a period of three 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 visit gloucestershire.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing.

Force publications

Gloucestershire Constabulary regularly publishes information on its performance on its website at gloucestershire.police.uk/stats-and-data.

You can also find the most recent Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) inspection reports at justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/police-forces/gloucestershire.

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.

More information is available at gloucestershire.police.uk/chief-officer-group.


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)

February 2021 PCC Election Board
March 2021 PCC Election Board
26 PARO: Publication of election and start of Purdah.
April 2021 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.
16 Provisional date for familiarisation event for candidates with Gloucestershire Constabulary and OPCC
27 PARO: Publication of notice of poll.
30 PARO: Publication of final election notice of alteration
May 2020 PCC Election Board
6 POLLING DAY (7am to 10pm)
10 Count for the PCC election and announcement from 11am at Oxtstalls Tennis Centre, Gloucester
12 2016-2021 term of office ends
13 2021-2024 term of office begins
Within 2 months of the election Swearing in / Declaration of Office


A timetable from The Electoral Commission for the 2021 PCC elections can be found below.

Election Timetable 2021.pdf


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:

Queries from members of the public:

2021 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:



·         Richard Bradley

·         Ruth Greenwood

·         Becky Beard

·         Vanessa Pegler


OPCC & Constabulary

·         Hilary Allison



·         DCC Jon Stratford

·         DI Neil Drakeley

·         Michael Griffiths

Download Election Board Terms of Reference for this Group.

Download APACE PCC Election Guidance here.

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



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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