The Staffordshire Commissioner for Police Fire & Crime replaces the old Police Authority, which in Staffordshire was made up of a committee of 22 paid councillors and also replaces the Fire and Rescue Authority which had 21 councillors. The new arrangements for the governance of policing and fire with a total budget of £230million budget including victim services.
The new governance has directly saved over a million pounds and has brought about new opportunities to increase the proportion of money spent on frontline emergency services.The 43 Commissioners are directly elected politicians. Not all have responsibility for fire services.
The Commissioner is accountable for all the public money spent. They don’t run the police force on a daily basis but commission policing services from the Chief Constable who is appointed and employed directly by the Commissioner.
In addition to the work of the old Police Authority and Fire Authority, the Commissioner also has responsibilities around setting policing priorities and fire service priorities as well as commissioning victim support and community safety delivery.
One of the most effective tools that Commissioners have is the ability to convene the many agencies that serve the public to work effectively together towards common goals. That convening role is a powerful force for good and often helps to address complex societal and practical challenges.
The Police Fire and Crime Panel which is made up of representatives from all councils and local people in the area acts as a Select Committees in questioning the Commissioner about decisions made and other matters. The meetings are webcast live for the public to see. They are are also recorded and can be watched again by googling Staffordshire PFCC webcast.
All Commissioners meet nationally on a regular basis, across parties, to develop common themes and ensure policing evolves to tackle the emerging threats and challenges that law enforcement and justice face. The Government works closely with them in the national interest.
Find out more at www.staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk