On November 15th, 2012, 41 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected across England and Wales for the first time.
Police and Crime Commissioners were brought in by the Government to replace Police Authorities.
When those PCCs took office on the 22nd November, 2012, they became responsible for a combined police force area budget of £8 billion.
The role of the PCCs is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. They are responsible for the totality of policing.
PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.
PCCs have been elected by the public to hold Chief Constables and the force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
PCCs ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible, and are improving local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. They work in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.
Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs must:
- secure an efficient and effective police for their area;
- appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary dismiss them;
- set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan;
- set the force budget and determine the precept;
- contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary;
- bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up.
What is a Police and Crime Commissioner?
Take a look at this short video produced by the national body which represents Police and Crime Commissioners, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) to find out more about the role and responsibilities of PCCs and why your voice counts in local policing:
More detailed information on PCC powers and responsibilities is also available on the Home Office website.
Find out who your PCC is in a different area.