Police Area Returning Officer (PARO)

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Police and Crime Commissioners are elected to make sure that local police meet the needs of the community.


Police Area Returning Officer responsible for dealing with candidates and agents and collating the total result across the police authority area.


Local returning Officer responsible for delivering all aspects of the poll and counting votes relevant to their local area. There are 13 local authority areas making up the Thames Valley Police area.


The process of opening and checking the contents of each ballot box to ensure the numbers agree with those issued in the relevant polling station. 


The process of sorting ballot papers into those for each candidate and counting them to provide a total for each of them. PCC elections are run using the supplementary voting system