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Police and Crime Commissioner election

The Cleveland Police Area Police and Crime Commissioner elections are held every 4 years, the next one is scheduled for May 2021 (having been delayed a year due to the coronavirus outbreak​​).

In Police and Crime Commissioner Election, you vote for somebody you want to oversee the police in the Cleveland Police area. You have a first and second preference choice on the ballot paper.

Visit the Cleveland Police Commissioner website for more information about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

What is a Police and Crime Commissioner?

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are elected representatives who oversee how crime is tackled in a police force area. Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure the police force is effective.

PCCs are there to serve the people, not a political party or any one section of the community. Therefore when they are elected to office, every PCC must declare their commitment to serve every member of the public impartially and with integrity by swearing an oath of impartiality.

What do Police and Crime Commissioners do?

PCCs hold the police to account for delivering the kind of policing you want to see.

In summary, they bring a public voice to policing by:

  • engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime plans;
  • ensuring the police force budget is spent where it matters most; and
  • appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the chief constable.

Find more detailed information about what PCCs do.

Documents - Police and Crime Commissioner

Tees Valley Combined Authority mayoral election

There will be an election for a new Tees Valley Mayor on Thursday 6 May 2021. The elections have been delayed one year due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The role of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayor

The Tees valley Mayor is accountable to and represents around 670,000 people across all five boroughs in the Tees Valley. Their primary role is to steer the work of the Tees Valley Combined Authority – the body that drives economic growth and job creation in the area. The job of the Mayor ranges from setting budgets and priorities for economic development, transport, infrastructure and skills to acting as an ambassador for our region to attract inward investment.

The Combined Authority is not a “super-council” or another version of Cleveland County Council – the five Tees Valley councils will continue to exist in their own right, delivering local services and meeting the day-to-day needs of residents. The Mayor and Combined Authority do not replace, nor can they overrule, local councils.

In exchange for more powers and control over local budgets, the Tees Valley agreed to elect a Mayor who would act as a single point of accountability – to both local people and central Government.

Devolution means having more control over how and where we spend the money we have. It means we can design services and find ways of working that better meet the needs of the Tees Valley and the people that live, work and invest here. It also means we can boost our economy and reinvest money back into the region to where it is needed most.

The Tees Valley Mayor is able to make some decisions independently, but others involve consultation with, and approval of, all five leaders of our local councils in the Tees Valley. Some decisions need unanimous support, others need a majority.

Check the Tees Valley Mayoral election - guide to the candidates, the election, and how to vote (PDF) to find out more.

Documents - Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayor