Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Election for Staffordshire 2024

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Election for Staffordshire 2024

The next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections will take place across England and Wales on 2 May 2024.

This page is intended to hold, or signpost to, information which may be of interest to PCC candidates, media outlets, other partner organisations and the wider community in advance of the election. A joint election protocol has been developed which sets out arrangements to ensure all candidates are dealt with in a fair and transparent manner.

The election in Staffordshire is formally administered by East Staffordshire Borough Council, who will publish information both before and after the poll, including confirmed lists of declared candidates and the eventual election results. More information can be found on the East Staffordshire Borough Council website.

The Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Office will be following guidelines as set out by the Association of Policing and Crime Chief Executives (APACE) before the election to ensure transparency, fairness and impartiality.

The Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Office is independent of the PCCC and is politically neutral. If you are a candidate, are intending to stand as a candidate, or an agent representing a candidate, all questions and responses provided will be published at the bottom of this page to encourage transparency and openness.

If you have further questions relating to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Election 2024, please contact the Election Single Point of Contact, David Morris: 

pcc-information@staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk  

PFCC Election 2024 Candidates

Information regarding PCC candidates can be found on the “Choose my PCC” website, which acts as a single, central site for information relating to candidates in each individual policing area. 

The candidates standing in Staffordshire, listed alphabetically by surname, are:

  • Ben Adams (Conservative)
  • Alec Sandiford (Liberal Democrat)
  • Alastair Watson (Labour)

View the official statement of persons nominated.

Police Area Returning Officer

Overseeing the election is the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO). The PARO personally oversees the administration of the election, including the notice of election, administering the nomination process of candidates, the voting process and the count, as well as the declaration of results.

The PARO has been appointed by the Electoral Commission to act for the local policing area, which includes both Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Information about the role of PARO can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website.  The Electoral Commission provides advice for Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners

PCCs were created in 2012 as replacements for the previous Police Authorities. Under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs must:

  • secure efficient and effective policing for their area.
  • appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary, dismiss them.
  • set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan;
  • set the force budget and determine the precept;
  • contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary; and
  • bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up.

More information on the PCC role is available from:


More recent additions to the PCC role and remit

Complaint Functions

Following extensive consultation, a package of reforms to the police complaints and misconduct system was developed by the Home Office and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

These reforms form part of a process of overhaul of the complaints and discipline system that were outlined in the 2017 Policing and Crime Act and came into effect on 1 February 2020. As part of this work PCCs gained a new stronger role in the complaints system, with an option of taking on one of 3 different levels of complaints against the police.

Model 1 (which must be adopted as a minimum standard ) involves oversight of the complaints system. Model 2 adds an informal resolution role, and Model 3 is where a PCC deals with all statutory duties and responsibilities for complaints.

Fire Governance

The Policing and Crime Act 2017 further reformed policing and enabled important changes to the governance of fire and rescue services. Under the legislation PCCs can either be involved with their local Fire and Rescue Authority.

Alternatively, PCCs can consult the public and local partners and submit a business case to the Home Secretary seeking to take on the governance of Fire and Rescue services in their area. This option formally creates a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC), as is the case in Staffordshire.   

PFCCs are responsible for:

  • putting in place arrangements to deliver an efficient and effective fire and rescue service;
  • setting the fire and rescue objectives for their area through a fire and rescue plan;
  • appointing the Chief Fire Officer, holding them to account for delivery of objectives, and if necessary dismissing them; and
  • setting the service budget and determining the precept.


Commissioning

In addition to commissioning services for victims, some PCCs may have taken on extended commissioning responsibilities. This may include working with local partners to commission reducing reoffending services, youth diversion schemes, drugs, and alcohol services etc as well as funding local Community Safety Partnerships.

The Role of the Chief Executive (and Monitoring Officer) of the PCC

Under the PRSRA, the PCC must appoint a Chief Executive to be the head of the Commissioner’s staff.

Within the Commissioner’s office there are three statutory officers: the Chief Executive (incorporating Head of Paid Service and Monitoring Officer), Chief Finance Officer and Data Protection Officer.

The Role of the Chief Executive

The Monitoring Officer (by virtue of s.5 of the Local Government Housing Act 1989) is to report to the PFCC if it appears that any proposal, decision or failure within their organisation constitutes, has given rise to or is likely to break the law or a code of practice.

The Monitoring Officer must send a copy of that report to the Police, Fire and Crime Panel.

The Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer role exists in addition to the scrutiny provided by the Police, Fire and Crime Panel. It offers protection for the PCC by making sure they comply with the law and improves the transparency of their actions and decisions.

The PCC has a legal duty to provide the Monitoring Officer with the staff, accommodation and other resources which are needed to effectively carry out their duties.

The Role of the Chief Finance Officer

The PCC’s Chief Finance Officer has similar legal duties and responsibilities to the Monitoring Officer in connection with any unlawful, or potentially unlawful, spending by the PCC or those acting on the PCC’s behalf. The Chief Finance Officer role is a statutory role by virtue of the PRSRA and the s.151 Local Government Finance Act (1988).

The Role of the Data Protection Officer

The Data Protection Officer (DPO) reports to the most senior officer (Chief Executive) and has a responsibility to ensure data protection compliance and to act as an internal auditor, provide advice, training and awareness and oversee record-keeping of processes. The DPO also has responsibility for reporting and investigating breaches and coordinating with the Information Commissioner’s Office. The DPO is a role required by virtue of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 Art. 37 and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Useful Information

The Role of the Chief Constable

  • makes decisions about operational policing in their area
  • engages with the public and seeks their views on policing in their area
  • secures value for money
  • works in partnership with other agencies to implement strategies for the reduction of crime and disorder
  • appoints and manages staff
  • enters into contracts concerning property and employment and other agreements (with the PFCC’s consent).

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The Role of the Chief Fire Officer

  • responsible and accountable to the Staffordshire Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority (CRFA)
  • responsible for providing strategic leadership, direction, coordination and effective management of people and resources
  • responsible for working with stakeholders and partners to develop and deliver the vision, priorities and objectives of the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • advises the CRFA on the delivery of the service in accordance with statutory, legal and other obligations
  • works with the SCO to ensure an effective approach in meeting responsibilities.

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Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel

  • reviews and reports on the Police and Crime Plan and Fire and Rescue Plan
  • reviews and reports on the PCC’s annual report
  • reviews senior appointments (including the Chief Executive, Deputy PCC and Chief Finance Officer)
  • reviews the appointment and dismissal of the Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer
  • reviews the PCC’s level of both fire and rescue and policing precept
  • reviews and scrutinises the decisions made and actions taken by the PCC
  • publishes the Police, Fire and Crime Panel annual report
  • appoints an acting PCC if necessary
  • initial handling and informal resolution of conduct complaints against the PCC/Deputy PCC (although this function has been delegated to the Chief Executive of the SCO as permitted by the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2012)
  • refers serious complaints against the PCC/Deputy PCC to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC).

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