Police and Crime Commissioner Elections 2021

Roles and Responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner

The roles and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner are set out in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and the Policing Protocol.

A Police and Crime Commissioner is required under the Act to produce a Police and Crime Plan for each financial year they are in office.

The Police and Crime Commissioner holds the Chief Constable and the Force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve. The Police and Crime Commissioner ensures that community needs are met as effectively as possible and improve local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. Police and Crime Commissioners work in partnership across a range of partner agencies at local, regional and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, Police and Crime Commissioners 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 policing 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
  • bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up

Other Responsibilities

The Police and Crime Commissioner also has a number of other responsibilities, which include:

  • running an Independent Custody Visitor Scheme - a scheme of volunteers that check on the conditions of detainees held in custody;
  • public engagement and statutory consultation duties
  • issuing of community safety grants
  • dealing with complaints against the Chief Constable and overseeing the police complaints system
  • handling of Police Appeals Tribunals
  • administering the pensions scheme
  • reporting to the Police and Crime Panel