On May 8 2021, Lisa Townsend won the PCC election and took office on 13 May 2021.
The PCC aims to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service, providing stronger and more transparent accountability of the police. PCCs are elected by the public to hold the Chief Constable and the Force to account. They ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible, by working in partnership across a range of agencies, at a local and national level, to ensure there is a unified approach to prevent and reduce crime.
The PCC is not expected to run the police - the day-to-day direction and control will remain with the Chief Constable; the role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people.