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, on your behalf, 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, and is supported by a highly qualified team, to take executive decisions, which directly effect you. 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 decide, on 5th May – with your vote – on how your police service has been performing: You can vote out the commissioner who has not ensured that your police service has performed to the standard you have a right to expect and vote in a non politically minded, independent, person with only one objective: to give you better policing for a safer Cleveland