Police & 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 their role effectively.

PCPs have power to look at the Commissioner's activities, including;

  • requesting reports from the PCC;
  • calling PCCs and Chief Constables to public hearings;
  • the power of veto over the recruitment of Chief Constable and decisions over the policing element of Council Tax payments.

Merseyside's Police and Crime Panel is made up of 12 people; 10 local councillors and 2 independent members recruited from the local community.

Details of meetings, reports and minutes can be found by visiting the Merseyside Police & Crime Panel website.

Copies of formal reports/recommendations submitted by the Panel to the Police and Crime Commissioner are also available, along with the formal responses from the Commissioner to the Panel.

Upcoming meetings

All meetings of the Police and Crime Panel are held at the Venue in Huyton, Knowsley. These meetings are open to the public.

The next meetings are:

  • Thursday 30th July 2020
  • Thursday 3rd September 2020


The Police and Crime Panel are responsible for addressing any complaints against the PCC.

The Panel are responsible for the initial recording of complaints and conduct matters and for referring any complaints which allege criminality to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Where complaints do not allege criminality, the panel is responsible for handling and informally resolving these complaints.

Please find a summary of all complaints in the table below and the recording decision made by the Panel. Further details on each of these can be found in the reports compiled by the Police and Crime Panel below:

*Please note, no new complaints have been recorded against the Police Commissioner in the periods:

  • September 2019 - March 2020
  • April 2019 - August 2019
  • September 2018 - March 2019
   Complaint reference  Date received  Decision to record  Summary of resolution / actions
 28  05-2018  23/08/2018  No  No valid complaint
 27  04-2018  17/04/2018  Recorded in  part  Recorded in part - PCC has committed to resolve by local resolution by way of correspondence. Other parts not recorded.
 26  03-2018  15/02/2018  No  Compaint related to conduct of a police officer. Referred to Merseyside Police's professional standards department
 25  02-2018  25/01/2018  No  No valid complaint.
 24  01-2018  22/01/2018  No  No valid complaint
 23  03-2017  17/07/2017  No  No valid complaint
 22  02-2017  06/06/2017  No  Aspect of complaint related to the behavior / conduct of Chief Constable referred to the PCC.
 21  01-2017  16/06/2017  Yes  No further action to be taken. No injustice had been caused.
 20.  06-2016  03/10/2016  Yes  Informal resolution agreed - letter of acknowledgement provided to complainant via Panel.
 19.  05-2016  13/07/2016  No  Insufficient evidence. Complainant out of time to respond. No further action.
 18.  04-2016  09/05/2016  No  Insufficient evidence. Complainant out of time respond. No further action.
 17.  03-2016  08/03/2016  No  Insufficient evidence. No further action. Matter closed.
 16.  02-2016  27/01/2016  Yes  Out of time. No injustice caused.
 15.  01-2016  11/01/2016  No  Insufficient evidence . No further action. Matter closed.
 14.  05-2015  05/01/2015  No  Insufficient evidence. Complainant out of time to respond. No further action.
 13.  04-2015  09/05/2016  No  Insufficient evidence. Complainant out of time to respond. No further action.
 12.  03-2015  29/04/2015  No  No valid complaint.
 11.  02-2015  15/06/2015  Yes  Conduct matter - referred to IPCC who took no further action. No further action required.
 10.  01-2015  07/04/2015  No  Complainant out of time. Matter closed.
  9.  03-2014  02/10/2014  No  No valid complaint.
  8.  02-2014  31/03/2014  No  No valid complaint.
  7.  01-2014  08/01/2014  No  Issue not relevant to PCC. Redirected to Merseyside Police Professional Standards Department.
  6.  06-2013  21/10/2013  Yes  Informal resolution. Matter closed
  5.  05-2013  23/09/2013  Yes  Merseyside Police provided response. Matter closed
  4.  04- 2013  09/05/2013  Yes  Informal resolution offered. Matter closed
  3.  03-2013


 Further  submission

 Yes  Complainant out of time. Matter closed
  2.  02-2013  06/04/2013  Yes  Informal resolution offered. Matter closed
  1.  01-2013  11/03/2013  Yes  Information resolution offered. Matter closed

Monitoring Complaints reports

The Panel's complaint handling policy and all complaints received about the Commissioner are recorded through the Monitoring Complaints Reports below:

Monitoring Complaints Report - September 2019 - March 2020

Monitoring Complaints Report - April 2019 - August 2019

Monitoring Complaints Report - September 2018 - March 2019

Monitoring Complaints Report - March 2018 - September 2018

Monitoring Complaints Report - September 2017 - March 2018

Monitoring Complaints Report - March 2017 - September 2017

Monitoring Complaints Report September 2016 - March 2017

Monitoring Complaints Report March 2016 - September 2016 (page 115 of report)

Monitoring Complaints Report September 2015 - March 2016

Monitoring Complaints Report March 2015 - September 2015

Monitoring Complaints Report September 2014 - January 2015

Monitoring Complaints Report March 2014 - August 2014

Monitoring Complaints Report May 2013 - February 2014.

Please use this link for further information about making a Complaint.