Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are accountable for how crime is tackled in their police force area. PCCs will aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.

PCCs are elected every 4 years.

The Police and Crime Commissioner role includes:

  • meeting the public regularly to listen to their views on policing
  • producing a police and crime plan setting out local policing priorities
  • deciding how the budget will be spent
  • appointing Chief Constables and dismissing them if needed.

The Government brought in PCCs to provide stronger and more transparent accountability of the police. PCCs are elected by the public to hold chief constables and the force to account and making the police answerable to the communities they serve.