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Police and Crime Commissioner

Here you can find out more about your Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber.

Police & Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber
Police & Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber

Matthew was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner on 10th May 2021.

Matthew Barber was raised and schooled in Oxfordshire before graduating from Brunel University. He still lives in Oxfordshire, is married to Katie and has two children and a labrador.

Matthew is Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire. Elected to the role in May 2021 with a majority of nearly 80,000. He served as Deputy PCC from 2017 to 2021, during which time he took on the chairmanship of the Local Criminal Justice Board. 

The PCC's role is to hold the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police to account for the performance of the Force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve. The PCCs also has a wider role in promoting community safety and working with criminal justice partners to improve support for victims of crime.

Matthew has set out his key priorities for the coming years

  • Strong local policing
  • Fighting serious and organised crime
  • Improving the criminal justice system
  • Fighting fraud and cyber crime
  • Tackling illegal encampments

Matthew also served as a councillor in the Vale of White Horse for nearly nineteen years. First elected to the Council in 2003 he served as Leader from 2011 to 2018 before standing down in March 2022. He has been a director of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership as well as founding Chairman of Vale4Business and a Board Member of Science Vale and is involved in various charitable organisations.

Salary: £86,700 (set by the Home Secretary)


 For details about any complaints made about the PCC please visit the Complaints page.