Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced in the 41 Police Authorities across England in 2012.  They are elected using the Supplementary Voting System (SV) and a Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) is appointed to conduct the elections across each area and declare the result. The Hampshire Police Area is made up of 14 local authorities which have Local Returning Officers who are responsible for arranging and delivering the poll for the electors in their area. The number of votes counted in each local area are then collated by the PARO to provide the overall result. The PARO for the Hampshire Police Area is Mr Mark Heath who is also the Local Returning Officer for the Southampton area.

The Police Area Returning Officer is responsible for the conduct of the poll and declaration of result only and must remain politically neutral at all times. For this reason we cannot provide political campaign or information about the candidates on these pages. However information from the candidates about their campaigns can be found on the Cabinet Office website (please note the Cabinet Office pages will not be updated until after the close of nominations). In addition, if you would like to know more about the candidates and what they stand for please search for individual candidates and/or party web sites or contact their local offices.

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The 14 local authorities which make up the Hampshire Police Area are:

        Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
        East Hampshire District Council
        Eastleigh Borough Council
        Fareham Borough Council
        Gosport Borough Council
        Hart District Council
        Havant Borough Council
        Isle of Wight Council
        New Forest District Council
        Portsmouth City Council
        Rushmoor Borough Council
        Southampton City Council
        Test Valley Borough Council
        Winchester City Council