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More than 30,000,000 hits and winning PCCs uploaded

We’ve had more than 30 million hits to the PoliceElections.com website since we launched in August 2012, reflecting the fact that in spite of a low turnout, some of the population have been keen to find out more about the election of their Police & Crime Commissioner!

We’ve also now updated the force profiles to reflect the elected Police & Crime Commissioners. We’ll be making a few more tweaks in the next couple of weeks, so as to ensure the site remains a useful resource for those keen to follow the progress of PCCs.

Pre-order printed PCC election materials today for friends and family

You can now pre-order official Police & Crime Commissioner election materials for your area. Simply use the online form here to request printed materials for your area. If you pre-order, it will help ensure that you are best able to provide any friends and family with information on the candidates, particularly for those friends and family who are not online and able to access the wide range of online resources, including PoliceElections.com.

Alternatively, call 0800 1 070708 to pre-order printed materials over the telephone.

Calls from landlines to this number should be free, though calls from mobiles are likely to be significantly more.

More than 6,000,000 hits and 50% of profiles completed

This morning the site smashed through the 6 million hits milestone. This month (October 2012) alone we’ve had more than 4 million hits on PoliceElections.com and we’re delighted to be able to report that 50% of all confirmed candidates have now completed their profiles on PoliceElections.com.

We want to reach 100% profile completion as soon as possible, not least since public interest and traffic to the site is continuing to grow. We’ve also been receiving more emails than ever from members of the public, desperate to find out more about the pledges being made by candidates.

If candidates are serious about standing for office – and they should be since they’ve had to stump up £5,000 to cover the deposit – they need to realise that the Police & Crime Commissioner Elections of November 2012 will be won and lost both online and offline.

So, if you’re a PCC candidate, get in touch to claim your free profile, before it’s too late!

Public pressure mounts and we restart our MISSING #PCCs tweets!

Another day and another series of messages from frustrated voters in some areas, where candidates have been less than thorough in completing their profiles. For this reason, and to demonstrate the heartfelt frustration of voters, we’ve decided to publish a couple of the emails (with personal details removed) and to restart our MISSING #PCCs tweets that gently remind those candidates who have yet to engage with PoliceElections.com.

Candidates shouldn’t need any further incentive to add their profile – since the site is free and they want to get elected afterall – but we’re still seeing completed profiles achieving three times (3x) the number of views as candidates who don’t complete their profile.

As the emails suggest, candidates who don’t complete their profile risk being seen as disinterested – and taking votes and their chances of election for granted.

We remind candidates they simply need to get in touch and we’ll provide them with details of how to complete their profile.


3,000,000 hits and more candidates signing up every day

In less than three months PoliceElections.com has managed to achieve more than 3,000,000 hits and with final candidate nominations closing tomorrow, we’ve had more candidates signing up for a profile every day.

We’ve also been receiving some great messages of support from visitors:

“Thanks so much for putting together such a useful site – it’s really helpful.”

“Just a note to say what a great website you’ve built.”

We’ve also received messages of frustration from some voters who are unhappy that some candidates have not completed their profiles:

“Tell xxxxxxxx to pull their finger out! Do they want our votes or not!”

“I think it’s disgraceful that in my area no candidates have completed their profiles”

So, as the campaign season for Police & Crime Commissioners really gets going – we’d remind candidates that there is still time to complete their profile. Simply get in touch with us and you’ll have your name in lights in no time at all.

2,000,000 hits and 50% of candidates have updated profiles

With a little over 1 month to go until polling day PoliceElections.com is pleased to report that we’ve had more than 2 million hits and that more than half of all candidates have completed or are in the process of completing their candidate profiles.

If you’re a candidate that has yet to engage with PoliceElections.com, get in touch today.

Public interest mounts as Police Elections.com reaches 1,000,000 hits

In a little over 10 days since it launched PoliceElections.com achieved more than 1,000,000 hits, with candidate profiles receiving more than 150,000 views.

Police & Crime Commissioner candidates with completed profiles continue to receive three times as many views, with some areas (like Cheshire) now having completed profiles from all listed candidates.

We’ve also been receiving some great feedback and suggestions on features to add and new questions to pose. You can keep sending these through via our contact form and we’ll look to incorporate the best in our next release.

If you’re a candidate and have yet to complete your profile – get in touch and we’ll have you up and running in no time.


Completed candidate profiles get 3x as many views

We’ve been crunching some of the visitor statistics for PoliceElections.com today and have found that Police & Crime Commissioner candidates who have completed their profile are, on average, getting almost three times as many views as candidates who haven’t completed their profile.

If you’re a candidate, and haven’t already done so, get in touch and we’ll provide you with all you need to get going. If you have any problems, drop us an email and we’ll be happy to help.

Linking to PoliceElections.com and helping spread the word

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from the public, candidates and their agents. We’ve also been contacted by a number of other organisations and individuals with an interest in the elections and the Police & Crime Commissioner role, asking for artwork to help them link to us. In response, we’ve produced an interactive ‘widget’ that is perfectly formed – and should fit nicely into any website.

We hope that this tool will prove popular with local organisations who wish to help the public identify the candidates in their area.

Find Your Candidate Widget

Copy the code below and simply paste it into your website code.

Force Area Widgets

Copy the code below, replacing ‘XXX’ for the name of the force.

The force names are as follows:

  • avon-and-somerset
  • bedfordshire
  • cambridgeshire
  • cheshire
  • city-of-london
  • cleveland
  • cumbria
  • derbyshire
  • devon-and-cornwall
  • dorset
  • durham
  • dyfed-powys
  • essex
  • gloucestershire
  • greater-manchester
  • gwent
  • hampshire
  • hertfordshire
  • humberside
  • kent
  • lancashire
  • leicestershire
  • lincolnshire
  • merseyside
  • metropolitan
  • norfolk
  • north-wales
  • north-yorkshire
  • northamptonshire
  • northumbria
  • nottinghamshire
  • south-wales
  • south-yorkshire
  • staffordshire
  • suffolk
  • surrey
  • sussex
  • thames-valley
  • warwickshire
  • west-mercia
  • west-midlands
  • west-yorkshire
  • wiltshire

Political Affiliation Widgets

You can also filter the ‘widget’ to only show candidates from a particular party, if you wish to do so.

Copy the code below, replacing ‘XXX’ for the political affiliation.

The political affiliations are as follows:

  • conservative
  • englishdemocrats
  • independent
  • labour
  • liberaldemocrat
  • monsterravingloony
  • ukip

Huge demand for PoliceElections.com sees 30,000 page views in first day

We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of visitors we’ve received since the launch of PoliceElections.com yesterday.  Since 9am yesterday, the website has received more than 30,000 page views.

Lots of PCC candidates have also been getting in touch requesting the survey so they can complete their full profile – with 4 new profiles yesterday alone.

We hope all visitors have enjoyed the website and will come back regularly to see what their local PCC candidates are saying.  We aim to upload several new candidate profiles every day.

Over the next few days and weeks, we will be adding more unique content.  All new profiles and blogs will be tweeted out via @PoliceElections.

Onwards and upwards!