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What does the Police and Crime Commissioner do?

This page describes the role of each county Police and Crime Commissioner ahead of the elections on 6 May.

THE ROLE

Setting the priorities for Nottinghamshire Police, responding to the needs of communities, setting the budget for local policing, ensuring that local and national priorities are suitably resourced and monitoring the local performance of the force. Some of the duties are listed below:

  • Set out a five-year Police and Crime Plan, although it may be refreshed each year and may be fully reopened at the Commissioner’s discretion

  • Set the amount of Council Tax local people will pay towards policing

  • Present a budget to the Police and Crime Panel (PCP) for scrutiny. The PCP has the authority to veto the proposed amount local people will pay towards policing (otherwise known as the precept)

  • If requested, attend meetings of the Police and Crime Panel to answer questions and explain decisions

  • There will be a reciprocal duty for Commissioners and responsible authorities to co-operate with each other and have regard to each other’s priorities for the purposes of reducing crime and disorder (including antisocial behaviour), reducing reoffending and reducing substance misuse

  • Set policing priorities for the City and the County

  • Take into account national policing challenges, such as Counter Terrorism and cross-border policing, set out in a new ‘Strategic Policing Requirement

  • Cooperate with partners to ensure an efficient and effective Criminal Justice system

  • Appoint (and if necessary dismiss) the Chief Constable

  • Take on fire and rescue governance (see below)

 

Fire Governance

The Policing and Crime Act 2017 introduced opportunities for PCCs to take on responsibility for fire and rescue governance. Under the legislation PCCs can join their local Fire and Rescue Authority, alternatively PCCs can consult the public and submit a business case to the Home Secretary seeking to replace the Fire and Rescue Authority in their area. This option formally creates a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC).

PFCCs are responsible for:

  • putting in place arrangements to deliver an efficient and effective fire and rescue service

  • setting the fire and rescue objectives for their area through a fire and rescue plan

  • appointing the Chief Fire Officer, hold them to account for delivery of objectives, and if necessary dismiss them, and

  • setting the service budget and determine the precept

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