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PFCC Elections 2020


The election of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex will take place on Thursday 7th May 2020.

Below you will find some information about the forthcoming election, which may also prove useful to prospective candidates. This page will be updated as and when relevant information becomes available.

What does a PFCC do?

Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced in 2012. In 2017 legislation was introduced to allow Police and Crime Commissioner to take on governance of Fire and Rescue Services. A local business case had to be developed which was supported locally and agreed by the Home Secretary. In October 2017 Essex became the first county in the country to have a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Information about what the PFCC does can be found here – what a PFCC is responsible for


Key dates for the PCC / PFCC Election 2020

  • Monday 30th March 2020: Publication of Notice of PCC / PFCC Election
  • Tuesday, 31 March – Wednesday, 8 April 2020: Nomination period for PCC / PFCC candidates
  • Thursday, 9 April 2020: Publication of statement of persons nominated for PCC / PFCC election
  • Thursday, 7  May 2020: Election Day
  • Sunday, 10 May 2020: Count and declaration of result
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020: Term of incumbent PCC / PFCC ceases
  • Thursday, 14 May 2020: Newly or re-elected PCC  / PFCC takes office

The Election Process

The election is administered locally by the Police Area Returning Officer.  In Essex this is Adrian Pritchard.

More information on elections can be found at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Information on voting is available from the Electoral Commission

For information on who is standing in this area go to choosemypcc


Guidance for candidates

A PCC / PFCC candidate briefing prepared by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner (APCC) can be found at PFCC candidate briefing

The Independent Custody Visiting Scheme (ICVA) also produce a briefing for candidates and this is available here ICVA candidate briefing

How to find out more about the Services

The Chief Executive, Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer will be holding a familiarisation event for prospective candidates which is scheduled for TBC

In addition, the Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer will produce a candidate briefing document about the Services. This document will be published on this website as soon as it is available.

A briefing is also being prepared on the 7 Forces Collaboration, which is a programme for the development of shared projects between Forces in the East of England, and this will be uploaded as soon as it is available.

Requests for information from candidates

In the interests of openness and transparency the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Office (Office), Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) will publish all questions and requests for information made by prospective candidates in anonymised form.

All questions received and information provided by the PFCC’s Office, Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will be published below and this process will continue until the date of the election.


PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB
01245 291600

If your enquiry relates to operational policing or a crime please contact Essex Police here

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