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PCC Elections 2021

The election of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

This webpage provides details of the upcoming election, including information which may be useful to prospective candidates. Further updates on the PCC elections will be published as it becomes available.

For any queries that are not answered below, please contact

About Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs)

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ (APCC) has produced a short video, detailing the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner:

The role of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is to cut crime and improve community safety by securing an effective and efficient police service in Thames Valley and holding the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force on behalf of local people.

Key election dates

  • Monday 29 March 2021 – Publication of notice of PCC election (pre-election period starts)
  • Tuesday 30 March to Thursday 8 April 2021 – Nomination period for PCC candidates
  • Friday 9 April 2021 – Publication of statement of persons nominated for PCC election
  • Monday 19 April 2021 - Registration deadline
  • Tuesday 20 April 2021 - Postal / Postal Proxy deadline
  • Tuesday 27 April 2021 - Proxy deadline 
  • Thursday 6 May 2021 – Polling day
  • Monday 10 May 2021 – Count and declaration of result
  • Wednesday 12 May 2021 – Term of incumbent PCC ceases
  • Thursday 13 May 2021 – Newly elected PCC takes office.

Key information for voters

Information on voting in the 2021 PCC elections, including how to register, can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

Yvonne Rees, Chief Executive of Cherwell District Council, has been designated the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for Thames Valley for the PCC Elections.

Cherwell District Council is the PARO authority. Further information for voters can be found on the Cherwell District Council website.

For information on who is standing in the Thames Valley, go to the Choose My PCC website. Information will be updated as details of the candidates are known.

You can also find out more on the 2021 PCC elections at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) website.

Key information for candidates

Regular updates from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley will be posted below:

  • The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) has published an updated PCC candidate briefing (December 2020)
  • A 'Candidate Briefing Pack' for potential candidates can be found here (March 2021)
  • A PCC Candidate Briefing Page, set up by the National Crime Agency (NCA), can be found here (April 2021)
  • A letter from the National Crime Agency (NCA) Director General to all PCC Candidates can be found here (April 2021)

The APCC has published pre-election (purdah) guidance, along with a candidate briefing, which can be viewed below:

The Independent Custody Visitors Association (ICVA) has produced a guide for candidates on the PCC duty to run an Independent Custody Visiting scheme, which can be viewed below:

ICVA has also produced this video about Custody Visiting:

Candidate questions and answers

In the interests of openness and transparency, the OPCC for Thames Valley will publish on this page, in anonymised form, all questions and requests for information made by prospective candidates up to the date of the election.


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