How we work

This page is designed to give you an overview of how the Police Commissioner conducts her business and the key mechanisms for delivering her work.

Corporate Governance Framework

The way the Commissioner and Chief Constable do business is governed by a Corporate Governance Framework.

This framework ensures they do business in the right way, for the right reason at the right time. It consists of:

  • A Statement of Corporate Governance – to give clarity to the way the two corporations will govern both jointly and separately.
  • A Code of Corporate Governance – setting out how the core principles will be implemented, and describing the strategies, arrangements, instruments and controls to ensure good governance in the two corporations sole.
  • A Scheme of Corporate Governance – defining the parameters within which the corporations soles will conduct their business.
  • A separate policy and procedures for each corporation sole, with protocols where they operate jointly.

This important document was reviewed in 2019 and re-approved by the PCC and the Chief Constable.

Take a look at the full Corporate Governance Framework 2020/21.

Police and Crime Plan

One of the Police Commissioner's key responsibilities is to produce and publish a Police and Crime Plan.

This plan sets out the priorities on which the Police Commissioner will focus and the way in which the Force will use its resources to continue to deliver excellent policing for the communities of Merseyside.

Find out more and view the Police and Crime Plan here.

Annual Report

The Commissioner has a statutory duty to publish an Annual Report every year detailing her progress against her Police and Crime Plan.

This report gives the public and the Police and Crime Panel the opportunity to review her activities and work and provide their feedback.  Take a look at the each Commissioner's Annual Reports since she was elected here.


There are six main mechanisms by which the Commissioner scrutinises actions and decisions by Merseyside Police, ensuring that effective arrangements are in place, and that crime and reduction grants are being used effectively.

All of these processes result in the publication of minutes or reports on this website, and are available for public scrutiny.

These six scrutiny mechanisms are:

In addition, please find a full outline of the scrutiny and decision-making Governance Arrangements.

In addition to this, these published documents are then subject to further scrutiny by elected or appointed representatives of the public.

In particular, the Police and Crime Panel for Merseyside will scrutinise and review these decisions and reports, and can make recommendations to the Commissioner as they see fit.

Review and Inspection

The Commissioner's office and Merseyside Police go through a rigorous auditing process, both internally and externally, to ensure the systems of both organisations are fit for purpose.

Please take a look at the Review and Inspection page to find out more about the different processes carried out to audit both the Force and the Commissioner's office.

This section includes details of inspections carried out by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service (HMICFRS) and the Commissioner's responses to those inspections.

The Police and Crime Panel

The Police and Crime Panel (PCP) scrutinise the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and make sure she is holding the Chief Constable to account and performing her role effectively.

They are also responsible for addressing any complaints against the PCC.

You can find out more about the Panel here.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is intended to promote a culture of openness and encourage the public to more easily gain a better understanding of how organisations carry out their functions and how money is spent by accessing information that they hold.

Find out more information on how the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act works, to make a request and to find out about previous FOI requests the Commissioner has received.

Subject Access Request

You are also entitled to see any information we hold about you.  You can do so, by making  a 'Subject Access Request' Application.

Find out more here.