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Police and Crime Panel

The actions, decisions and performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) are scrutinised by the Police and Crime Panel for the Thames Valley.

The Police and Crime Panel is responsible for the scrutiny of the Police and Crime Commissioner.  The panel is made up of 14 local councillors (one from each of the local authorities in the Force area)  as well as four co-opted councillors from Buckinghamshire Council and two Independent Members. The lead authority that provides support to the Police and Crime Panel is Oxfordshire County Council.

Panels have a range of powers to help them carry out their function and specific responsibilities relating to the PCC's Police and Crime Plan and Annual Report. These include:

  • making reports and recommendations on the Police and Crime Plan and Annual Report, which the PCC must take account and respond to
  • publishing all reports and recommendations that it makes
  • hold public meetings to discuss the annual report and to question the PCC

Panels can also make reports or recommendations (including the power of veto with a 2/3 majority) about the proposals by PCCs on:

  • the level of the precept (council tax charge for the local police service)
  • appointing a chief constable.

You can find out more about the Panel on its website Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel.

You can download a copy of the Panel’s ‘Complaints Procedure’ here.