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On 15 November 2012, for the first time ever, the public across England and Wales will elect police and crime commissioners who will be accountable for how crime is tackled in their police force area.

If you would like to find out more about Police and Crime Commissioners, please visit

Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will ensure the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible, bringing communities closer to the police, building confidence in the system and restoring trust.  If you would like to find out more about the role of the police and crime commissioners visit

Police and crime commissioner candidates could have experience in the private, voluntary or public sector. They don’t have to be politicians to stand. They can be independent of political parties. This is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to stand and to make a difference.  If you would like to find out more about how to be a candidate and if you are eligible, please visit

Key dates

  • Nominations will open 8 October 2012 and close 19 October 2012
  • The first PCC elections will take place on 15 November 2012

PCCs will take office on 22 November 2012.

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