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What is the job of a Police and Crime Commissioner?

15 August 2016

  • To hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the police force
  • Set the council tax precept level and the annual budget
  • Produce a Police and Crime Plan which sets out the overall strategy for policing and crime reduction locally
  • Publish an annual report stating how priorities have been met to enable greater public awareness of police and crime performance
  • Be a voice for the public regarding police and crime matters
  • Directly engage with the public and to seek their views (including those of victims) regarding policing and crime matters
  • Play a leading role in wider community safety issues beyond policing
  • Work with partners and the wider criminal justice system to help cut crime
  • Commission crime prevention and victim support services
  • Provide crime and disorder grants
  • Collaborate and work alongside criminal justice agencies (such as the Crown Prosecution Service, Prison Service and youth
  • offending teams) to provide an efficient and effective local criminal justice system
  • Have regard to the Policing Protocol and Strategic Policing Requirement
  • Appoint the Chief Constable and if necessary dismiss them
  • Consider complaints against and matters of conduct in relation to the Chief Constable
  • Appoint a Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner if they so wish

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