The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner election took place on Thursday 6 May 2021. The results were announced on Monday 10 May.

You can find more information about the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner candidates from Choose My PCC. 

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner results

Katy Elizabeth Bourne was re-elected as the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

The results were announced by the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) at Brighton & Hove City Council on Monday 10 May.

Candidate First preference votes Second preference votes Total votes
Jamie Frank Bennett (Liberal Democrats) 63,271 - 63,271
Kahina Suzanna Bouhassane (Green Party) 60,781 - 60,781
Katy Elizabeth Bourne (Conservative) 214,523 30,287 244,810
Paul Adrian Richards (Labour and Co-operative Party) 84,736 43,523 128,259
Roy Thomas Williams (Independent) 30,408 - 30,408
Rejected ballots - - 11,331

The turnout was 35.77 %.

Brighton & Hove is one of the local council areas voting in the election. It's the total combined vote across Sussex (table above) that decides who is elected as the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

You can also watch a video of the results being declared.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is responsible for setting the strategic objectives for policing in Sussex.

This includes setting and updating a police and crime plan, setting the force budget and precept, and appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the Chief Constable.

The Police and Crime Panel will play a key role in scrutinising decisions made by the commissioner in connection to these responsibilities.

These arrangements are designed to increase transparency of the delivery of policing services and to give the public the ability to ensure their police are accountable.

As such the Chief Constable of Sussex Police is accountable to the commissioner, and the commissioner is accountable to the electorate.

Police and Crime Commissioners are elected every 4 years. 

For more information, go to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner website

Find all election notices for the Sussex PCC election.

Sussex Police Area Returning Officer (PARO)

The Minister of State of the Cabinet Office has formally designated Brighton & Hove City Council to conduct the 2021 election for the Sussex police area.

Geoff Raw, Chief Executive, Brighton & Hove City Council is the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) and will discharge his duties in accordance with The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections Order 2012.   

COVID-19 safety measures

Across the Sussex Police Area, Local Returning Officers put arrangements in place to make sure polling stations were safe. These included:

  • requirements for staff and voters to wear face coverings, where they are able to
  • hand-sanitising stations on the way in and out of polling stations
  • regular cleaning of polling booths and pencils
  • social distancing of at least 2m
  • queues outside to minimise interactions and keep you safe
  • confirming the number of electors that can be safely allowed in each polling station at any time - once at capacity, a one in, one out policy was in place

Timetable for the PCC Election 2021

Event Date
Publication of notice of election Monday 29 March
Delivery of nomination papers Between 10am and 4pm on any working day from Tuesday 30 March until 4pm on Thursday 8 April
Deadline for delivery of nomination papers 4pm on Thursday 8 April
Deadline for withdrawals 4pm on Thursday 8 April
Deadline for the notification of appointment of election agent 4pm on Thursday 8 April
Making objections to nomination papers Between 10am and 12 noon on Thursday 8 April objections can be made to all delivered nominations
Between 12 noon and 5pm on Thursday 8 April objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm on Wednesday 7 April
Publication of statement of persons nominated Not later than 4pm on Friday 9 April
Deadline for receiving applications for registration  11:59pm on Monday 19 April
Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes  5pm on Tuesday 20 April
Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) 5pm on Tuesday 27 April
Publication of notice of poll  Not later than Tuesday 27 April
Deadline for the notification of appointment of sub-agent Wednesday 28 April
Deadline for notification of appointment of polling agents,  counting agents and sub-agents Wednesday 28 April
First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes Thursday 29 April
Polling day 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May
Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes 5pm on Thursday 6 May
Deadline for emergency proxy applications 5pm on Thursday 6 May
Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal 9pm on Thursday 6 May
Count and declaration of result From 9am on Monday 10 May
Term of incumbent PCC ceases Wednesday 12 May
Newly or re-elected PCC takes office Thursday 13 May