Police and Crime Commissioner Election Bedfordshire 2021

This election is postponed from 2020. These are the 5 candidates:

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 brought in new structural arrangements for national policing, strategic police decision-making, neighbourhood policing and accountability.  It transfers the control of police forces from police authorities to elected Police and Crime Commissioners. 

The first police commissioner elections were held in November 2012. The next elections take place on 6th May 2021, postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

There are a number of ways to have your say in this election - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said, “The choice on how to vote at next May’s elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy. 

“If you’re thinking about voting by postdo it now. This will make sure your application is processed in time, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website. The deadline to register is 11:59pm on 19 April.

“You need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It normally takes about 5 minutes”

Proxy Vote

If you aren't able to vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to vote for you. 

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on 27 April. Apply here.

The Role of PCC

The PCC will appoint the Chief Constable and holding them to account for the running of the police service. One of the first things whoever is elected will need to do is to set a five year Police and Crime Plan to determine local policing priorities. 

The bulk of funding for the police fund comes from the Home Office in the form of an annual grant. This funding varies significantly from area to area in terms of population, geographical size, crime levels and trends. To help top up funds, the Commissioners also set a precept on the Council Tax to raise additional funds. This year the amount of council tax collected just for the Police went up by 7%.

Additionally, the PCC will work with partners, make community safety grants to tackle crime and disorder.


On 16 August 2012 the Home Office announced that every newly elected police and crime commissioner would be required to swear an "oath of impartiality" before taking office. The oath reads:

“I do solemnly and sincerely promise that I will serve all the people of Police Force Area in the office of police and crime commissioner without fear or favour. I will act with integrity and diligence in my role and, to the best of my ability, will execute the duties of my office to ensure that the police are able to cut crime and protect the public. I will give a voice to the public, especially victims of crime and work with other services to ensure the safety of the community and effective criminal justice. I will take all steps within my power to ensure transparency of my decisions, so that I may be properly held to account by the public. I will not seek to influence or prevent any lawful and reasonable investigation or arrest, nor encourage any police action save that which is lawful and justified within the bounds of this office.”

The Voting System

PCC elections use the supplementary vote system: voters mark the ballot paper with their first and second choices of candidate. If no candidate gets a majority of first preference votes, all but the top two candidates are eliminated and the second preference votes of the eliminated candidates are allocated to one of the two remaining (or set aside if no second preference for either) to produce a winner.


This election is postponed from 2020. These are the 5 candidates:


  • For more information or support on violent or knife crime please visit the Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit’s website (VERU).
  • If you’ve been affected by crime you can contact Signpost for free and confidential support, whether the crime has been reported to police or not. For further information or to get in contact, visit signpostforbedfordshire