The election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk will take place on Thursday 7 May 2020.

This area of our website contains detail of the forthcoming election and information which may be useful to prospective candidates.  This page will be updated with relevant information as it becomes available.



Stephen Baker, the Chief Executive of East Suffolk District Council, has once again been appointed as the Suffolk Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for the PCC election on Thursday, 7 May 2020. He will have overall responsibility for co-ordinating and running the election across the whole of the county, although local Returning Officers at District/Borough level will have responsibility for overseeing arrangements in their areas.

Detail of the election process and the prospective candidates are available on the PARO website:

More information on elections can be found at

Information on voting is available from the Electoral Commission.

For information on who is standing in this area go to choosemypcc.



Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) Candidate Briefing

Election guidance for police officers, police staff and staff of the OPCC

Sixty-second briefing on Election Guidance for police officers and staff

Guidance for candidates



In the interests of openness and transparency the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) will publish all questions and requests for information made by prospective candidates in anonymised form. The Q&A document will be published on here and will continue to be populated until the date of the election.

The Chief Executive and the Chief Constable will be holding a familiarisation event for prospective candidates which is scheduled for the morning of 17 March 2020. Prospective candidates interested in attending should contact the office by email, or telephone 01473 782773.

The Chief Constable has produced this candidate briefing document about Suffolk Constabulary.



Facts and figures about the PCC and the Office of the PCC

The role of the PCC

The role of the OPCC Chief Executive

The role of OPCC Chief Finance Officer

Detail of the Office of the PCC staff

The role of the Chief Constable 

Detail of the Constabulary’s Chief Officer team

The role of the Police & Crime Panel – summary of key functions

The police and crime landscape in Suffolk – performance

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Plan

The OPCC Budget

The Medium-Term Financial Plan

Commissioning services for victims

Collaboration and Partnership working – statutory partners and their responsibilities

7Forces Programme On-Line Briefing

Governance Framework – operational independence and the PCC’s working relationship with the Chief Constable

Suffolk Constabulary website

Force Management Statement  This Force Management Statement (FMS) outlines the key issues, threats and gaps in terms of demand and resourcing within Suffolk Constabulary over the next four years. It has had some information redacted to make it fit for publication.



Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Association of Policing and Crime Chief Executives

College of Policing

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)

Independent Office for Police Conduct

National Police Chief Council

Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers’ Society


If you have a question about the election not covered by the information above you can contact the office here.