Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2016

Police and Crime Commissioner Election for the Durham Police Area - Thursday 5 May 2016

The Declaration of Result of Poll was made by the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO), who was based in Durham.

Ron Hogg was duly elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for the Durham Police Area (which includes the Darlington area).

The Certificate of Result - Police and Crime Commissioner Election 5 May 2016 (PDF, 45kb) contains the results of the election held on 5 May 2016.

Result information for the Darlington area is detailed below.

Number of verified ballot papers 13862
Number of rejected ballot papers 323
Number of valid first preference papers 13539

The number of valid first preference votes cast (in the Darlington area) for each of the candidates is as follows:

Peter CUTHBERTSON  Conservative 4959
Ron HOGG Labour Party Candidate 7113
Craig MARTIN Liberal Democrat 1467

On Thursday 5 May 2016, voters across the Borough went to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Durham Police area, which includes Darlington, for the next four years.

The PCC oversees the running of local police services and holds the Chief Constable to account on behalf of local people. The role involves:

  • Securing an efficient and effective police service within their area;
  • Setting the local budget, and raising the local policing precept from Council Tax;
  • Deciding what the key priorities should be for the police in their area, and publishing a Police and Crime Plan that reflects this;
  • The appointment, suspension and dismissal of the Chief Constable;
  • Publishing an Annual Report.

PCC's may stand for a political party, however, they are expected to represent all the people in their area impartially and are required to swear an 'Oath of Impartiality' before taking office.

The election was co-ordinated across County Durham by the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO), who is based at Durham County Council website, however local arrangements for Darlington were delegated to the local Election Team.