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PFCC Election working group

To ensure we plan effectively for the PFCC election and that all processes are lawful and fair, the Commissioner’s office has established an election working group.

2021 PFCC Election working group – Terms of reference

Attendees

  • Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer, Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
  • Assistant Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Monitoring Officer, Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
  • Head of Commissioning and Partnerships, Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
  • Managing Director, Enable, North Yorkshire Police
  • Policy and Scrutiny Manager, Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
  • Media Officer, Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
  • Corporate Communications Manager, North Yorkshire Police
  • Communications and Media Officer, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • North Yorkshire Police Representative
  • Executive Assistant, Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
  • Office and Volunteer Manager, Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

If delegates cannot attend, they will be required to provide updates via an attending representative. Other attendees by invitation only.

Purpose

To ensure that effective planning, preparations and support are in place for the pre and post-election phases of the 2021 North Yorkshire Police PFCC Election and that these processes are lawful, fair and fully compliant with the relevant PCC Election Order and related law and guidance.

The working group will examine, coordinate and advise on arrangements at the following stages:

Pre-Election

  • Formal Pre Election Period
  • Office Communications
  • Communications and Media
  • Candidate packs and briefings to prospective candidates
  • Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) update
  • Identification and management of risks

Post-Election

  • Statutory requirements post-election
  • Transition following election
  • Induction of PFCC
  • Police and Crime Plan requirements
  • Fire and Rescue Plan
  • Police, Fire and Crime Panel requirements
  • Identification and management of risks

Agenda

The standing agenda items for this meeting are:

  • Timeline
  • Actions
  • Elections Protocol
  • Formal Pre Election Period
  • Communications, media and online
  • Candidate packs and briefing
  • PARO update
  • Transition and documentation
  • Risks and issues
  • Any other business

Rules

  • This group will meet every two weeks
  • The Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire will be responsible for the administration of this meeting

PFCC Election working group – Minutes

2020

Keeping our staff updated

Pre-election period (Purdah)

Whilst ‘purdah’ is not defined in an Act of Parliament, restrictions are placed on local authorities (applicable to PCCs and their Deputies too) by the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity, which refers to periods of heightened sensitivity during elections.

Much of this sensitivity is about exercising greater care to observe laws and rules which apply in any event, but recognising that public bodies/offices are likely to come under greater scrutiny at election times.

Last updated: 02 March 2021