Last year’s election to find a new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Surrey was postponed due to coronavirus. The PCC provides a link between the police and the community and should set priorities for the force bearing in mind what the public wants.
They do not serve in the police force but are there to hold them to account. They hire the top police officer - the chief constable - and also have the ability to remove them from office in some circumstances.
The PCC also sets the police’s portion of council tax, is given all of Surrey Police's budget (around £260 million) and is responsible for how it is spent.
Five candidates are competing to hold the office of PCC in Surrey and you have the opportunity to elect the candidate of your choice on May 6, the same day as council elections.
Details of candidates can be found at
With thanks to information from Guildford Dragon: