The role of a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is to be the voice of the people in policing, and to hold the Chief Constable to account for how he/she discharges their functions. The aim of all PCCs is to ensure the delivery of an effective and efficient police service within their force area.
PCCs are responsible for ‘the totality of policing’ (i.e., all of policing, not just some parts of it) but they ‘must not fetter the operational independence of the police force and the Chief Constable who leads it’.
Alison Hernandez (Conservative) has been returned as police and crime commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for a second term of office.
Commissioner Hernandez won with a majority of 65.2% over second place Gareth Derrick (Labour) after the second round of voting.
Commissioner Hernandez was sworn into her role in Exeter by Karime Hassan, CEO of Exeter City Council.
The election was postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and legislative changes mean that the next term of office will now be for three years.