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Election 2021

The next Police and Crime Commissioner elections are scheduled for May 2021

The roles of the Police and Crime Commissioners were created by the Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011, with the first elections held in 2012. The second election was held in May 2016.

Police and Crime Commissioner elections are held in 40 police force areas covering England & Wales. Each policing area has its own Police and Crime Commissioner. 

What does the Police and Crime Commissioner do for you?

Policing and the role of the Commissioner

The South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner covers the policing area of the following seven local authorities:

  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • The Vale of Glamorgan
  • Cardiff
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Swansea
  • Bridgend

The Vale of Glamorgan local authority will host the Commissioner for South Wales elections in 2021. Debbie Marles from the Vale of Glamorgan Council will be the Police Area Returning Officer for the South Wales Police Area at the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in May 2021 and will be responsible for the overall conduct of the Police and Crime Commissioner election. You can find more information on this, including key election dates, here.

You can find more information about the role and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner on the Home Office website.

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) has also created a briefing document for those who may be interested in applying for the role, which you can find here.

This video was created by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and also provides an overview of how members of the public can express their views on who their Commissioner is.

To read more about election guidance for Police and Crime Commissioner candidates and their agents, including the qualifications needed to stand as a candidate, visit the Electoral Commission's website.

For more information on who can vote, or to register to vote, visit the Electoral Commission's website.

The Independent Custody Visiting Association has also published some guidance for applicants in relation to the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme.

If you are considering becoming a candidate for the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and need more information or have further questions about these elections or the office of the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, please contact us at:

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