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

Timetable for the PCC Election

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

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 as they become available. 

How to stand as a candidate

To to stand as a candidate at a Police & Crime Commissioner election in England (excluding London and Wales) you must be:

  • at least 18 years old on the day of your nomination
  • a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen of any other member state of the European Union, and
  • registered as a local government elector in a local council area that is within the police area in which you wish to stand, both at the time of your nomination and on polling day.

For further information, including disqualifications, see the Electoral Commission website

The Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC) has produced a PCC Candidate Briefing which provides guidance, advice and information for anyone interested in standing as a candidate in the 2020 elections.

The Sussex Police Area Returning Officer will be publishing guidance documents and nomination forms in due course. This page will be updated as guidance becomes available for the 2020 election.