A PCC is an elected official in England and Wales charged with securing efficient and effective policing of a police area. The most recent elections took place in May 2016 and Commissioners are to be elected for four-year terms.

Separate arrangements exist for London: the City of London is policed by the City of London Police with the City of London Corporation functioning as the police authority. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police District is policed by the Metropolitan Police Service, with the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) holding the police to account through a Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime appointed on the Mayor’s behalf; since 2017 similar arrangements to this also exist in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

The Police and Crime Commissioner has commissioning powers and funding to help them cut crime and improve community safety. They will commission services and award grants to organisations or bodies that they consider will support the community safety priorities in their Police and Crime Plan.

Many PCC’s have a Community Safety Fund (may be called something different in your area) that you can apply to for your running costs or for a specific project. Make sure you check their priorities and plans so you can ensure your request matches closely with their aims. Also try to find out if anyone in your Watch or Association has any connection with the PCC.

Locate your PPC using this tool from the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.