The next Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner election will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. 

Local authorities in East and West Sussex also have other polls taking place at the same time – these include county council elections. The UK Government previously postponed elections scheduled for 2020 due to Covid-19.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

The Police & 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 & 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 & Crime Commissioners are elected every four years. 

For further information go to the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner website

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 & Crime Commissioner Elections Order 2012.   

Covid-19 safety measures

Across the Sussex Police Area, Local Returning Officers are putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station. These include:

  • 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 will be in place

You can also choose to vote by post. 

If you are considering voting by post, and not already registered, we strongly encourage you to apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you earlier.

Timetable for the PCC Election 2021

The UK Government has postponed the elections scheduled for 7 May 2020 due to the current and emerging situation around COVID-19.

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

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner candidates

You can find further information on the Police & Crime Commissioner candidates standing for election in the Sussex Police Area on the Choose My PCC website from 15 April.