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Information for PCC candidates

Information for persons considering standing as a candidate in the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Election scheduled for Thursday 6 May 2021.

The next Police and Crime Commissioner election will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

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 and Cornwall rests with the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO), John Street of Exeter City Council:

Information relating to PCC candidature has been made available by the PARO on the Exeter City Council webpage.

The OPCC is keen to provide as much information as possible to candidates to ensure they have access to the 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 any information provided to any candidate to ensure fairness and transparency. Further details will be maintained in a transparency log which will be published on this page.

Any candidates wishing to make contact with the OPCC or who require information should contact Richard Martin, OPCC Strategy & Planning Manager

Any candidates wishing to make contact with the Force or who require information from the Force should contact Inspector Philip Hale, Executive Support Officer


PCC Candidate Briefing Events

Briefing events are being organised by the OPCC and Devon and Cornwall Police for prospective PCC candidates and confirmed PCC candidates.


Briefing for Prospective Candidates

A preliminary briefing will take place on Thursday 11th February 2021 at 5.00pm until 7.00pm.

This briefing will take place virtually on Teams and will be hosted by the Acting OPCC Chief Executive, Nicola Allen, and include a briefing from the Deputy Chief Constable, OPCC Treasurer and Force Director of Finance. The event will comprise of a presentation with the opportunity to ask questions. The Police Area Returning Officer, John Street, will be in attendance to answer questions relating to the election process.

If you wish to attend this virtual briefing event on the 11th February, please contact Richard Martin

This event is not open to the press and media.


PCC Confirmed Candidates Briefing Day

(for officially registered candidates only)

A further briefing event is scheduled to take place on the day of Monday 12th April for confirmed PCC candidates.

Further information on venue and timings and the format of the day will be made available in due course, but is likely to be held virtually with a morning and afternoon session. If you wish to register your interest to attend, please contact Richard Martin.

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.

You can view and download the PCC candidate briefing pack here. Papers copies can be arranged by request.

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

Commissioning in the pandemic

Devon and Cornwall Crime profiles

Estates Strategy 2017 - 2021

Governance Framework

Introduction to South West Police Collaboration 2020

OPCC investment profiles    

Peninsula Strategic Assessment 2020-2021

Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2020

Financial documents

Medium Term Financial Strategy

Statement of Accounts 2018/19 

Statement of Accounts 2019/20

Past annual reports

Annual Report 2016 - 2017

Annual Report 2017 - 2018

Annual Report 2018 - 2019

Annual Report 2019 - 2020

Key links

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

HMICFRS PEEL Inspections of Devon and Cornwall

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 – Media Centre and 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:

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 Richard Martin.