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Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Elections

On Thursday 5 May 2016, elections for Police and Crime Commissioners took place in England and Wales (excluding London).

Residents voted for a Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire. 

Police and Crime Commissioners replaced local police authorities in 2012. Police and Crime Commissioners do not run the police, but are responsible for holding the police to account for the public.

They are able to:

  • produce a police and crime plan setting out local policing priorities
  • set the local policing budget and precept, and decide how money will be spent
  • appoint chief constables and remove them where needed.

Find more information about the roles and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner

The successful candidate will be paid to do the job until April 2020.

Trevor Holden, will be the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for the PCC election in Bedfordshire and is responsible for the coordination of the election across the whole of the county, although Philip Simpkins, Local Returning Officer (LRO) for Bedford Borough will have responsibility for overseeing arrangements in the Borough of Bedford.

Counting of the votes cast in Bedford Borough will take place at Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford on Friday 6 May. The LRO will make a declaration of votes cast in the Borough’s areas and the PARO will make the final declaration of the result for the whole of Bedfordshire.

Candidates briefing

A candidates and agents briefing will take place in the Council Chamber at Luton Town Hall at 6pm on Wednesday 2 March. If you wish to attend, please contact Sam Freer on 01582 546088.

Guidance for candidates and agents at Police and Crime Commissioner elections is available on the Electoral Commission website.

Election dates

Publication of notice of election
  • Deadline: Wednesday 30 March​ 2016
Delivery of nomination papers
  • On any working day during the hours stated on the notice of election, until 4pm on Thursday 7 April 2016
Deadline for delivery of nomination papers
  • Thursday 7 April 2016 (4pm)
Publication of statement of persons nominated​
  • Friday 8 April 2016 (4pm)
Deadline for receiving applications for registration ​
  • Monday 18 April 2016
Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes
  • Tuesday 19 April 2016 (5pm)
Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies)
  • Tuesday 26 April 2016 (5pm)
Publication of notice of poll and situation of polling stations
  • Not later than Tuesday 26 April 2016
Polling day
  • Thursday 5 May 2016 (7am to 10pm)
Election count
  • Friday 6 May 2016


Information on the Bedfordshire PCC website, including how to become a candidate and briefing sessions

Electoral registration, including how to register

Voting by post

The deadline for receiving new postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 19 April 2016.

Voting by proxy

The deadline for receiving new proxy applications is 5pm on Tuesday 26 April 2016.