Police and Crime Commissioners

Since 1 October 2014, the majority of support services for victims are provided at a local level by Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs). This replaces the previous model where the majority of services for victims were provided at a national level by government.

What is a police and crime commissioner?

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are elected representatives who oversee how crime is tackled in a police force area. Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure the police force is effective.

Are these arrangements the same throughout the UK?

There are separate arrangements for London. These responsibilities belong to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). MOPAC is headed by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who has exercised unique legislative powers to appoint a statutory Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, to take on day-to-day responsibility for the office.

MOPAC is directly accountable for police performance in the capital, setting out strategic direction and allocating resources across London in its Police and Crime Plan. They also have an important role to play across the criminal justice system. Operational policing will however remain the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

Policing in Scotland and Northern Ireland has been devolved to the Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly. In Scotland, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice serves in a similar capacity for Police Scotland. In Northern Ireland, the Minister of Justice fulfils a similar role for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

What do PCCs do?

PCCs work with the police and other partners to cut crime, give the public a voice at the highest level, and hold forces to account and help restore trust. Your PCC will do this by:

  • being directly accountable to the scrutiny of the public
  • having the democratic mandate to respond to local people’s concerns
  • setting local force’s policing priorities and force budget
  • working with local partners to prevent crime
  • holding their Chief Constable to account for the performance of the force
  • appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the Chief Constable

You can find your local PCC by visiting http://apccs.police.uk/find-your-pcc/