Surrey has voted Lisa Townsend as the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). The vote was decided after no other candidates received more than 50% of the first preference. On 6th May 2021, the turnout was counted as 38.81%, which is higher compared to 2016, which was 28.07%.
The new commissioner will formally start her role on Thursday 13 May and will replace PCC David Munro, who was elected in 2016.
What are PCC’s
Police and Crime Commissioners were created by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 to replace police authorities in England and Wales. The government’s stated aim was to strengthen local accountability and make police forces more responsive to local needs.
There is one elected PCC for each Police force in England and Wales, with the exception of London and Greater Manchester where the mayor takes responsibility).
PCC elections are held every 4 years.