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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 2 May 2024



The next Police and Crime Commissioner election will take place on Thursday 2 May 2024. 

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), which is Tracey Lee of Plymouth City Council.  To get in touch with the PARO and their team, please contact:

Information relating to the PCC Elections has been made available by the PARO on the Plymouth City Council website

Once PCC candidates have been confirmed their details will be published on the Choose My PCC website here.

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 PCC candidates wishing to make contact with the OPCC or who require additional information should contact Frances Hughes, Chief Executive, OPCC (email:

Briefing for Prospective Candidates – 8th February 2024

This event will be hosted by the Police Area Returning Officer in Plymouth.  Please make contact with the PARO’s office if you are interested in attending – contact

PCC Confirmed Candidate Briefing Day - 9th April 2024

(for officially registered candidates only)

A briefing event is being organised by the OPCC and Devon and Cornwall Police for officially registered confirmed PCC candidates on Tuesday 9th April.  This event will be hosted by the OPCC and Force at Middlemoor HQ, Exeter.

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.   Information about the briefing will be provided by the PARO's office when processing nominations.



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 are able to view and download this briefing pack here.

Paper 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 2023-24

Commissioning Intentions Plan 2024-25

Estates Strategy 2022 to 2030

Governance Framework

Police & Crime Plan 2021-25

Drugs Strategic Intentions Plan 2022 to 2025

Peninsula Strategic Assessment 2022-23

South West Reducing Reoffending Strategy

Financial documents

Medium Term Finance Strategy

Statement of Accounts year ended 31st March 2023

Past annual reports

PCC Annual Report 2021-22

PCC Annual Report 2022-23

Key links

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

HMICFRS Devon and Cornwall PEEL Assessments 2021/2022

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 2030

Useful links

Association of PCCs (APCC)

Financial management code of practice for the Police Service of England and Wales

PCC roles and responsibilities - Home Office

Police and Crime Panel Guidance – LGA

Policing Protocol Order 2011

Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011

Public Accounts Commitee - Financial sustainability of police forces in England and Wales

Strategic Policing Requirement 2023


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.  A link to the transparency logs will be provided here once information requests begin.

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 Frances Hughes, Chief Executive, OPCC –