Essex PCC elected Chairman of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners


Police and Crime Commissioners are gathered in Manchester for their annual general meeting today. We are pleased to announce that Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, has been elected Chairman the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC).

The APCC provides a platform for Police and Crime Commissioners to come together, engage with stakeholders and seek collaborative solutions by identifying mutual priorities at a national level. All APCC services are overseen and directed by the Chairman and Board of Directors.

Nick Alston, Chairman of The APCC Board and Essex PCC, said:

“I am delighted to be elected by my fellow Police and Crime Commissioners as the new Chair of the Board of the APCC.  Since the elections of November 2012, PCCs have begun to bring new democratic accountability to policing, leading work to improve and enhance the partnership working between police forces, councils, the NHS and the all-important voluntary sector.  If we are to make our communities even safer, we need to put victims of crime at the heart of all our work, ensuring that they have increasing confidence in reporting crime to police and that they know how to receive the support they need – whether they are victims of domestic abuse, burglary, assault or hate crime.

“I pay tribute to the excellent work undertaken by my predecessor, Tony Lloyd, and I hope to build on the foundations he has created.  These are important times for policing in our country.   PCCs are determined to help shape modern, efficient and professional policing for the next decade and beyond.  This will involve working closely with local partners in our own force area and, equally importantly, using our collective influence to shape national policy in the interests of our local communities.”



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1. For interviews / further information please contact Joel Charles on 07703 124 174.

2. 41 Police and Crime Commissioners replaced Police Authorities on 22.11.12 following elections in every police force area outside London in England and Wales on November 15th 2012.

3. The APCC is a company limited by guarantee. The APCC services are overseen and directed by the Chairman and Board of Directors.

New APCC Board of Directors:

Chairman of the APCC and Directors: Nick Alston, Essex PCC
Vera Baird, Northumbria PCC
Ron Ball PCC, Warwickshire PCC
Cllr Simon Duckworth, City of London Police Committee
Ian Johnston, Gwent PCC
Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester PCC
Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire PCC

4. For the definitive list of PCCs and more information about the Board of the Association of PCCs please visit

5. The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) offers the following services to PCCs:

  • Information on national policing policy issues and legislation.
  • Consults PCCs to enable them to develop policy positions and to influence change.
  • Facilitates the leadership of PCCs on national governance structures such as the College of Policing, National Crime Agency and Police Professional Bodies.
  • Assists PCCs in collaborating to share practice, procure services, and identify ways to achieve efficiencies through working together.