Association of Police & Crime Commissioners

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) is the national body for PCCs and brings together PCCs where collective decision making or policy developments are required nationally. The APCC is supported by a small group of staff and works closely with the Home Office and other national policing bodies.

The national business is structured into working groups which have representation from each main political party and the independent group for PCCs. The APCC services are overseen and directed by the Chairman and board of Directors.

The APCC offers the following services to PCCs:

  • Information on national policing policy issues and legislation;
  • Consults PCCs to enable them to develop policy positions and to influence change;
  • Facilitates the leadership of PCCs on national governance structures such as the College of Policing, National Crime Agency and Police Professional Bodies;
  • Assists PCCs in collaborating to share practice, procure services, and identify ways to achieve efficiencies through working together.

All of the 41 PCCs in England and Wales are members of the APCC. The governing bodies which oversee the non-geographic police forces (British Transport Police, Civil Nuclear Constabulary and the Ministry of Defence Police), City of London Police and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (overseeing the Metropolitan Police) are also members of the APCC.

The Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC) has produced a PCC Candidate Briefing which provides guidance, advice and information for anyone interested in standing as a candidate in the 2021 elections.