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Ref: XX00000 Police and Crime Commissioners September 2012 CIPFA Briefing - The emerging PCC and its impact on Police Reform.

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1 Ref: XX00000 Police and Crime Commissioners September 2012 CIPFA Briefing - The emerging PCC and its impact on Police Reform

2 Ref: XX00000 Contents 1.Significant events leading up to PCC elections 2.Key areas of the Act 3.Impact on Police Reform 4.Thought provokers The Government believes that we need radical action to reform our criminal justice system. We need police forces that have greater freedom from Ministerial control and are better able to deal with the crime and anti-social behaviour that blights people’s lives, but which are much more accountable to the public they serve.

3 Ref: XX00000 Policing in the 21 st Century – 2010 reconnecting police and the people. cut crime and protect the public be more directly accountable to the public offer value for money Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 replaced police authorities with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners, with the aim of improving police accountability Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC) came into being in London – January 2012 MOPAC replaced Met Police Authority. Major delegated authority to Stephen Greenhalgh as the Deputy Major for Policing & Crime. Elections scheduled for 15 November 2012 Significant events leading up to PCC elections

4 Ref: XX00000 Key areas of the PR&SR Act 2011 PCC as a “corporation sole” Simply put, the PCC will have a separate legal personality from the person holding the role, meaning that the PCC will be able to own property, enter into contracts and employ staff. Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR) Police and Crime Plans PCCs are required to publish an annual plan in consultation with their CC on progress Police and Crime Panels (PCP) Makes other key provisions including: Policing Protocol Order 2011 on governance arrangements Guidance on collaboration Transfer of property, rights and liabilities The Strategic Policing Requirement set out the PCCs responsibility in supporting National and Serious Organised crime.

5 Ref: XX00000 Impact on Police Reform - Accountability Directly elected individual Accountable to the communities they serve – far greater focus on localisation. Statutory duty to hold the police to account on behalf of the public Held accountable by the Police and Crime Panel Our streets need cleaning up! We want to be taken seriously as a victim. We want a more visible deterrent PCCs will be required to swear an oath of impartiality when they are elected to office.

6 Ref: XX00000 Impact on Police Reform - Role & Responsibilities The PCC has the legal power and duty to: set the strategic direction and objectives of the Force decide the budget and set the precept enter into collaboration agreements hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the force and its staff appoint and dismiss, if appropriate, the Chief Constable..and responsibility to: deliver community safety and crime reduction bring together Community Safety Partnerships at force level ensure collaboration agreements deliver value enhance the delivery of criminal justice in their area.

7 Ref: XX00000 Impact on Police Reform – Budgets and Spending Formalising the concept of ‘commissioning’ Flexibility to direct funding to local priorities Those forces that accepted the one off council tax freeze grant will be unable to grow their precept and will need to make up the difference in Years 3 or 4 From 2014/15 the community safety funding will be rolled into the main police grant with no ring fencing. A clear indicator of the localisation of power and spending being given to PCCs/CCs. Can make crime and disorder reduction grants (but no additional funding)

8 Ref: XX00000 Impact on Police Reform - Role of Chief Constable (CC) Direction and control over officers and staff Retains operational independence The CC is responsible to the public and accountable to the PCC for: Being the operational voice of policing in the area Supporting the PCC in the delivery of strategy and objectives in the Plan Assisting the PCC in planning the budget and having day to day responsibility for financial management of the force Having regard to the Strategic Policing Requirement

9 Ref: XX00000 Impact on Police Reform - Role of Police and Crime Panel The purpose of the Panel is to scrutinise the PCC, not the Chief Constable. It should also act as a “critical friend” and support to the PCC. The PCPs functions include the power to: Veto the proposed precept and any candidate for Chief Constable (two-thirds majority of total Panel membership required) Review the draft Police and Crime Plan and make recommendations Request relevant reports and information from the PCC Require the PCC to attend the Panel An “Important but limited role” (Home Office -Policing Protocol. Section 24)

10 Ref: XX00000 More information Home Office – National Gateway - Associate of PCCs - Local Government - Lancashire’s PCC site -


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