Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected for the first time in November 2012 and the last election took place on the 5th of May 2016 in 40 force areas across Wales and England. Every force area is represented by a PCC, except Greater Manchester and London, where PCC responsibilities lie with the Mayor.
The role of a good PCC is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. They are responsible for the totality of policing.
PCC's are not Police Officers. In fact, serving Police Officers cannot become PCC's for good reason. The Commissioners role is to ensure the Police do what the public want and expect.
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; and
- bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up.
For more information, visit the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners website here https://www.apccs.police.uk