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Police and Crime Commissioner

Conservative candidate Mark Shelford was elected in May 2021, winning with 161,319 votes (34.4% of the vote) after second preference votes were counted.

PCC responsibilities

The PCC is responsible for setting the strategic direction and the budget for policing in Avon and Somerset. 

This involves:

  • holding the police to account through the Chief Constable
  • supporting and challenging police performance
  • being accountable to the electorate
  • setting policing priorities in consultation with residents
  • consulting and involving local people
  • engaging our communities
  • setting the policing part of the council tax
  • commissioning services and awarding grants

PCC priorities

PCC Mark Shelford’s priorities include more visible policing, strengthening specialist teams, refocusing the police on fighting crime and increased partnership working with NHS and other agencies. You can find out more at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) website.

Police and Crime Plan

Under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, the PCC is also required to produce a statutory document called the Police and Crime Plan, which outlines the strategic direction for their term in office.

The Police and Crime Plan sets out the PCC’s strategic priorities, most importantly following consultation with you. They are:

  • Protect the most vulnerable from harm
  • Strengthen and improve your local communities
  • Ensure Avon and Somerset Constabulary has the right people, the right capability and the right culture
  • Work together effectively with other police forces and key partner agencies to provide better services to local people

The plan covers the period 1 October 2016 to 31 March 2021. Following consultation with local people, the PCC will produce a new plan later in 2021.

You can find out more about the plan on the OPCC website.

Contact the PCC

  • by phone – 01278 646188
  • online – by using their general enquiry form
  • by post –
    Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner
    Police and Fire Headquarters
    Valley Road
    Portishead
    Bristol, BS20 8JJ
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