Key announcements

Our council tax and benefits online systems and forms may be unavailable on Saturday 21 May between 8am and 2pm due to planned maintenance. Details of how to offer support to Ukraine residents fleeing war, and where to find information and advice are on our City of Sanctuary webpage

Panel Responsibilities

The Panel has a dual role to both scrutinise and support the Police and Crime Commissioner

(PCC). The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 sets out the key statutory tasks the Panel must undertake:

  • Review the draft Police and Crime Plan (and any changes to it) to ensure local priorities have been considered
  • Consider the PCC's annual report
  • Scrutinise the decisions and actions of the PCC
  • Consider the draft policing budget and policing precept (the money collected from council tax for policing)
  • Hold Confirmation Hearings when the PCC proposes to appoint a new Chief Constable, a Deputy PCC and other senior staff
  • Handle complaints against the PCC (and Deputy PCC, if appointed), working to resolve (but not investigate) non-criminal complaints

We also carry out proactive scrutiny work, investigating a particular policy issue in detail and making recommendations. Our aim is to support the PCC in policy development.

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