02 Aug 2012

ACPO Guidelines on interaction with Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates

ACPO guidelines provide general principles to guide forces' interaction with PCCs

ACPO lead on futures, Chief Constable Alex Marshall:

“The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections which take place on 15 November 2012 are unique. They are the first elections in which policing and community safety will be the sole focus, and they mark a major shift in the way policing is held to account, replacing police authorities of 17 or more members with a single, directly elected individual, either a party political candidate or an independent.

“It will be for individual forces to judge the way they interact with PCC candidates but it is vital that they avoid bringing the impartiality of the force or its staff into question. These guidelines provide general principles, for local interpretation when forces are communicating with PCC candidates.”

Guidelines for interaction with Police and Crime Commissioner candidates-http://www.acpo.police.uk/documents/futures/2012/201207FBAGfIwPCCs.pdf

For more information contact

ACPO Press Office
Association of Chief Police Officers
e: press.office@acpo.pnn.police.uk

The ACPO Press Office can be contacted via 020 7084 8946/47/48 (office hours) or via 07803 903686 (out of office hours).


The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is an independent, professionally led strategic body. In the public interest and, in equal and active partnership with Government and partner agencies, ACPO leads and co-ordinates the direction and development of the police service in the United Kingdom. In times of national need ACPO, on behalf of all chief officers, co-ordinates the strategic policing response.


ACPO’s 295 members consist of 213 chief police officers from the home forces of assistant chief constable rank (commanders in the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police) and above, plus 55 senior police staff members from the 44 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Non home forces such as British Transport Police have 24 chief police officer members and there are three members from the Service Police.