Police & Crime Commissioners replaced Police Authorities in 2013. In Staffordshire, the Police Authority was a committee of 22 paid councillors who met formerly 6 times each year. The PCC takes over responsibility for the governance of policing, the £190million budget as well as the provision of additional related services.
The 43 Police & Crime Commissioners are directly elected politicians. They are not part of the police service but are statutory bodies that who are responsible for reducing crime, making the area they represent safer and overseeing the police service's work. PCCs decide how much council tax local people will pay towards community safety services and the policing across their area.
The PCC is personally 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 PCC.
In addition to the work of the old Police Authority, PCCs also have responsibilities around setting policing priorities, commission victim support and community safety services and instigating and overseeing service improvements, better value for money and greater public transparency for policing and criminal justice.
One of the most effective tools that PCCs 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.
PCCs are held to account by a Police and Crime Panel which is made up of representatives from all councils and local people in the area covered by policing. A bit like Select Committees, the meeting are webcast live for the public to see. The meetings are also recorded and can be watched again by googling Staffordshire PCC webcast.
All Police and Crime 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 all PCCs in the national interest.
Find out more at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk