Role of the Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) aims to cut crime and to deliver an effective and efficient police service in Thames Valley. He does this by holding the chief constable to account on behalf of local people.

Anthony Stansfeld was elected as the PCC for Thames Valley in November 2012.  As PCC he has a duty to:

  • Hold the chief constable to account for policing
  • Scrutinise, support and challenge performance
  • Publish and regularly update a police and crime plan
  • Set the force budget and policing precept element of the council tax
  • Commission services and award grants
  • Engage with communities
  • Appoint, and where necessary dismiss, the chief constable

In addition to the response to local need, the PCC must also contribute to responding to national and regional criminal activity and threats. The five national threats set out by the Home Secretary in the Strategic Policing Requirement (2012) are public order, counter terrorism, civil contingencies, serious organised crime and cyber incidents.

Police and Crime Plan

One of the first duties of the PCC was to publish a Police and Crime Plan which is a five year plan setting out the strategic priorities and direction for crime and policing across the Thames Valley.   You can view the current Police and Crime Plan detailing the six priorities for the Thames Valley here. In addition, the PCC also publishes an Annual Report outlining achievements and progress against the Plan and how he has exercised his role.
 

Working in partnership

A key part of the PCCs role is to work with partners including Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) through the Community Safety Fund and criminal justice partners to achieve the shared objective of tackling crime, the causes of crime, and supporting victims and offenders.  

In carrying out his role the PCC is required to engage with communities, ensuring that the views and concerns of the general public and victims of crime are considered.  We are interested to hear your views so to find out how you can help shape the direction of policing,  please visit the Get Involved pages. 

Scrutiny

The actions, decisions and performance of the PCC will be scrutinised by the Police and Crime Panel for the Thames Valley. You can find out more information on the panel by visiting the Police and Crime Panel page.

You can also visit the collaboration page to find out about partnership working between Thames Valley Police and partner organisations.

 

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