Police and Crime Panel
The police and crime panel (PCP) has the power to scrutinise PCC activities, including the ability to review the police and crime plan and annual report, veto decisions such as the amount of the policing precept in council tax, request PCC papers and call the PCC and Chief Constable to public hearings. The panel can also seek a professional view from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) regarding potential dismissals of the Chief Constable. Local authorities will need to choose a lead authority to hold central funding and provide scrutiny support.
The PCP includes councillors from each district of South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) plus two co-opted independent members, making twelve in total. For more information on the members of the Panel see here.
The Police and Crime Panel also rule over any complaints made against the Police and Crime Commissioner. In 2015/16 the Police and Crime Panel received 7 complaints. 4 complaints about the current PCC and 3 complaints in relation to the former PCC.
PCPs are not a replacement for the Police Authority. They will fulfil an important role in scrutinising the commissioner, however the democratic reform of policing is about reconnecting the police and the people, which will be achieved through a directly elected police and crime commissioner.
Find out when the Police and Crime Panel meet here.
Letter from the Chair of the Police and Crime Panel in relation to the appointment of Stephen Watson
Police and Crime Panel members can access information by clicking HERE (requires login)