The election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk will take place on Thursday 2 May 2024.

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.

A familiarisation session for prospective candidates and agents will be delivered by the Chief Constable and acting Chief Executive of the Office of the PCC on Thursday 11 April 2024 at 1.30pm.  Please contact to confirm your attendance.



Ian Gallin, the Chief Executive of West Suffolk Council, has been appointed as the Suffolk Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for the PCC election on Thursday, 2 May 2024. 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 will be available on the PARO website:

For general enquiries relating to PCC elections, please email

Information on voting is available from the Electoral Commission.



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 continue to be populated until the date of the election.

Guidance for Candidates  (PDF, 121KB)

Guidance for Police Officers and Police Staff  (PDF, 261KB)

60 Second Briefing (PDF, 125KB).

The Constabulary’s PCC Candidate Briefing (PDF, 8MB)

PCC Candidate Q&A (PDF, 134KB)



Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ Election Pack

Collaboration and Partnership working – statutory partners and their responsibilities

Commissioning services for victims

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

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

Suffolk Constabulary website

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Plan

The Constabulary budget 2023/24

The Medium Term Financial Plan 2024-25 to 2027-28 (PDF, 691KB)

The OPCC budget

About the Chief Constable

The office of the PCC Structure Chart (PDF, 75KB)

The role of the PCC

The role of the OPCC Chief Executive

The role of the OPCC Chief Finance Officer

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



Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

National Police Chief Council

Independent Office for Police Conduct

Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers’ Society

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