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SCRUTINY &
ACCOUNTABILITY

Police & Crime Panel

The Police and Crime Commissioner will be scrutinised by the Police and Crime Panel (PCP).  Their role includes reviewing the police and crime plan, annual report and both scrutinising and supporting the activities of the PCC in holding the Chief Constable to account.

The Panel, which is Chaired by Councillor John Jowers from Essex Council County, is made up of representatives from each district. Two independent members have also been appointed.

The Panel has a number of powers and responsibilities. These include:

  • The power to veto (by two-thirds majority) the proposed precept and the proposed candidate for Chief Constable.
  • Reviewing the draft Police and Crime Plan and make recommendations to which the PCC must have regard.
  • Reviewing the PCC‘s Annual Report and make reports and recommendations at a public meeting, which the PCC must attend.
  • Asking Her Majesty’s Inspector’s of Constabulary (HMIC) for a professional view when the PCC intends to dismiss a Chief Constable.
  • Holding confirmation hearings for the PCC’s proposed chief executive, chief finance officer and deputy police and crime commissioner appointments.

The Panel is required to hold a minimum of four public meetings a year.

The website of the Police and Crime Panel for Essex, including papers prepared for the Panel by the PCC, can be found here.

CONTACT THE PCC.

PCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB
01245 291600

If your enquiry relates to operational policing or a crime please contact Essex Police here