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Holding the Chief Constable to Account

The Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) has statutory responsibilities for holding the Chief Constable to account.

In particular, the PCC will be required to hold the Chief Constable to account for:

  • Performance against the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan
  • The Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR) – which ensures there is sufficient capability regionally and nationally to respond to serious and cross-boundary criminality
  • The force having regard to Codes of Practice
  • The effectiveness and efficiency of the force
  • Their engagement with local people
  • Equality and diversity
  • And safeguarding of children and promotion of child welfare

From the spring of 2014, the PCC has introduced a new governance structure. Details of that governance structure can be seen in the link below:


The PCC aims to hold regular scrutiny meetings with the Chief Constable and members of the Chief Officer team, themed around Performance, Current Issues, Finance and Future Issues.

The minutes of those scrutiny meetings are published below:



Detailed summaries of Essex Police performance can be read here.

The Essex Police Challenge

Nick Alston also holds a quarterly public scrutiny event with Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, and you watch a recording of those meetings using the links below:


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Essex Police Challenge 270214 


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