Directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners [PCC] replaced the Police Authority at the first PCC elections in November 2012. Each one of the 41 police forces in England & Wales [outside London] has an elected Police and Crime Commissioner whose responsibilities include:
– Working with the Chief Constable to set the aims and direction for policing in their area through a Police and Crime Plan
– Holding the police and the Chief Constable to account for the performance of officers and staff and the delivery of policing. [The PCC does not control day – to – day operational policing; the Chief Constable does that.]
– Set out local policing priorities, commission services to meet the needs of victims and decide how the force budget will be spent
– Delivering community safety, reducing crime and a duty to deliver better value for money /improve the effectiveness of policing.
– Appointing the Chief Constable and dismissing them of needed.
– Bringing communities closer to the police, building confidence and restoring trust.
The Commissioner is elected by you to take executive decisions, supported by a highly qualified team. It is the Commissioners job to ensure that the Chief Constable, officers and staff of your police force, deliver the kind of service that you are happy with. Police officers and staff answer to the Chief Constable: the Chief Constable answers to the PCC and the PCC answers to you – the voting public.
You can cast judgment – with your vote – on how your police force is performing: You can vote out a commissioner who has not ensured that your police force provides the service you want, to the standard you have a right to expect.