Police and Crime Panels – theissuesEd HammondResearch and Information Manager, CfPS
ContentsPCPs – their proposed role and powersKey implications for scrutinyWhat councils should consider in preparing for May 2012
Proposed role and powersThe PCP will hold the elected commissioner to account (butnot the Chief Constable)It will be a formal committee of a council in the Force area,but must also consist of councillors from other authorities andsome lay membersIt will be able to examine the delivery of the Police and CrimePlan but its powers of veto will be limitedGovernment have described it as a “scrutiny body”. It will beresourced through extra funds in the policing grant
Key scrutiny implicationsComposition – executive or non-executive?Powers – are they enough?How will the PCP work with other bodies – CSPpartners, CSP scrutiny committees?Will its role focus on holding to account after the eventor will it have a broader remit to assist in policydevelopment?How will it act on neighbourhood policing issues?
Issues for councils toconsiderTransitional issues:Should a “shadow PCP” be established?Can we be sure of anything until the Bill gets Royal Assent?What will happen in Wales? Any lessons for England?Operational issues:How will national/local protocols defining co-operationinfluence the PCP and how it works?The need for strong links with local scrutiny functionsBusiness planning and where the PCP can most effectivelyadd value