Roles and Responsibilities of the PCC

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

A PCC is a Corporation Sole and is required under the Act to produce a Police & Crime Plan within the financial year in which the election is held. The current Police & Crime Plan can be viewed here.

The PCC holds the Chief Constable and the Force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve. The PCC ensures that community needs are met as effectively as possible and improve local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. PCCs 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.

Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs 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 & 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.

The PCC also has a number of other responsibilities which include:

  • commissioning victim support services within their area;
  • 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 & Crime Panel.

More detailed information on PCC powers and responsibilities is available on the Home Office website here.