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Information for PCC candidates

The next Police and Crime Commissioner election will take place on Thursday 7 May 2020.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall (OPCC) plays no part in the election process.

Responsibility for the election in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly rests with the Police Area Returning Officer at Exeter City Council, John Street.

You can contact John Street by:

  • Emailing 
  • Phoning 01392 265106

The OPCC is keen to provide as much information as possible to candidates to ensure they have access to a full range of information.

It is important that all candidates are treated equally and provided with the same information. For this reason, the OPCC will publish details of the information provided to any candidate by way of a one-to-one meeting or correspondence between the OPCC and a candidate. A copy of the transparency log will be provided here.

Any candidates wishing to meet with the OPCC or who require information should contact Frances Hughes, Chief Executive of the OPCC in the first instance.

Any candidates wishing to meet with the Force or who require information from the Force should contact Paul Netherton, Deputy Chief Constable

PCC declared candidates briefing day (for officially registered candidates only)
This event will be for confirmed PCC candidates only – i.e. those who have formally lodged their nomination and had it confirmed by the Police Area Returning Officer.   Further information will be made available nearer the time.

Information for candidates

PCC candidate briefing pack
The OPCC has worked with the Police Force to produce a short briefing pack intended to provide candidates with information about policing and strategic finance issues relating to Devon and Cornwall Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The briefing pack will be available from early March 2020.

Additional information
The following information may be of interest to prospective PCC candidates.  This list of information will be updated regularly.  

Devon and Cornwall documents

Strategic documents

Commissioning Intentions Plan

Devon and Cornwall Crime profiles

Estates Strategy 2017 - 2021

Governance Framework

HMICFRS Devon and Cornwall publications

HMICFRS PEEL inspection 2019

HMICFRS previous PEEL inspections

OPCC investment profiles    

Pensinsula Strategic Assessment 2019-2020

Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2020

Financial documents

Medium Term Financial Strategy

Statement of Accounts 2018/19  

Past annual reports

Annual Report 2016 - 2017

Annual Report 2017 - 2018

Annual Report 2018 - 2019

Key links

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)  

Police and Crime Panel meetings – Plymouth

Devon and Cornwall Police website

National documents

Key documents

Association of PCCs (APCC) – PCC candidate briefing

Independent Custody Visitors Scheme – PCC candidate briefing

NPCC Policing Vision 2025

Useful links

Association of PCCs (APCC)

Financial Management Code of Practice for the Police Service of England and Wales

PCC Roles & Responsibilities (Home Office)

Police and Crime Panel Guidance – LGA

Policing Protocol Order 2011

Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011

Public Accounts Committee (PSA) – Financial Sustainability of Forces

Strategic Policing Requirement


Transparency information
The OPCC is keen to ensure that candidates are treated fairly and equally. In order to ensure transparency, the OPCC is publishing a log of all contact we are aware of that PCC candidates have with the PCC, the OPCC or police Force. This includes a summary of the nature of the information provided in response.

The transparency logs can be found here:

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Devon and Cornwall Police

All information and guidance produced and published on this website has been prepared in accordance with the national guidance from the Association of Policing and Crime Chief Executives. The guidance can be read here APACE PCC Election Guidance .

The OPCC will aim to respond as soon as practicably possible to any communications or requests. Candidates are not entitled to confidential or restricted information and Data Protection rules apply in the usual way. No pictures or any other part of this website may be reproduced without express written permission of the Chief Executive of the OPCC.

If there is something missing from this page or you require further information please contact Donna Cassidy, Strategy Policy and Meetings Officer