Stop and Search Your Police & Crime Commissioner

An independent campaign to ensure that those at the sharp end of policing can hold their prospective police and crime commissioners to account, shape their policing priorities and make an informed choice about who to vote for.

Who are Police and Crime Commissioners?

Police and crime commissioners (PCC) are directly elected officials from within each police force area and are supposed to giving local citizens more voice in how their police and criminal justice system works. They are responsible for setting the policing priorities for the force, holding the chief constable to account, setting the budget and they also have wider responsibilities for promoting local criminal justice partnership work. 



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Results of the 2016 elections can be found here


Meet your commissioners and have your say (2016 Election Campaign)

To help you make an informed decision as to who to vote for, we're teaming up with local partners across the country to organise events where you can meet your PCC candidates, question them and seek pledges from them on issues that matter most to you, your family, friends and your community. We're working in Birmingham, Nottingham and Ipswich but here is a list of other hustings being organised across the country:

  • Blackburn (Lancashire)
      Wednesday 13th April, 1pm to 3pm
      Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn BB1 5AA
  • Birmingham (West Midlands)
      Wednesday 27th April, 6.30pm-8.30pm
      St Pauls & St Silas Church Centre, 80 Lozells Road, Handsworth, Birmingham
  • Bornemouth (Dorset)
      Tuesday 19th April, 2pm to 4.30pm
      Heathlands Hotel, 12 Grove Road, BH1 3AY
  • Bristol (Avon & Somerset)
      (i) Thursday 14th April, 12noon to 2pm
      Unitarian Meeting Bristol, Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8PE
      (ii) Wednesday 27th April, 7.30pm
      Fielden Theatre, City Academy, Russell Town Avenue, BS5 9JH
  • Cheltenham (Gloucestershire)
      Monday 11th April, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
      TC006, Francis Close Hall, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ
  • Ipswich (Suffolk)
      Thursday 21st April, 6pm to 8pm
      University Campus Suffolk, lecture theatre 2, Long Street, Ipswich IP3 8AH (free parking available)
  • Nottingham (Nottinghamshire)
      Wednesday 20th April, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
      Nottingham Community and Voluntary Services, 7 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FB
  • Worcester (West Mercia)
      Thursday 21st April , 6pm to 8pm
      The University of Worcester. St John’s Campus (room EEG089), Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ

A list of running candidates for each area has being compiled by the Police Foundation.



Our 2012 Election Campaign

On November 15 2012, citizens across the country were given the opportunity to vote for a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), a single elected person responsible for their police force and local criminal justice partnership work. This represented a radical shift towards localism and giving local citizens more voice in how their police and criminal justice system works.

In the run up to the 2012 elections, StopWatch worked with local partners in three police force areas– Ipswich, Leicester and the West Midlands. In each of these areas, we organised public 'question time' events where local voters could question their candidates on issues that mattered most to them and we also distributed educative material informing them what PCCs are, their powers and how to vote in the election. Our events also ensured that the successful PCC candidates were made aware of the impact that stop and search and other powers had on those most affected by their use and pledge to ensure that it is used more fairly, transparent and in an intelligence-led manner.

For more information, read our PCC manifesto and you can also download, print and distribute our flyer, below.