Hardyal was elected as Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in May 2016. He is currently the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) National portfolio lead for Alcohol and Substance Misuse, as well as the National portfolio lead for Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR), especially focussing on hate crime, stop and search, workforce diversity and policing diverse communities. Hardyal is also a member of the APCC Working Group on Race Disparity. He is also a Board Member of the Police ICT Company. Prior to being elected, Hardyal served as deputy PCC in the first term from 2013-16. He has over 30 years’ experience in the criminal justice sector; most recently working in a strategic management role for the probation service. He has been a Derby City Councillor since 1993, currently representing the inner city ward of Normanton, and has held Cabinet posts in social care and health, education, planning and leisure. He is a strong advocate for an accredited restorative justice service to be available for all victims of crime.