What does the Police and Crime Panel do?
The Police and Crime Panel (PCP) provides checks and balances on the work of the Poilce, Crime & Victims' Commissioner (PCVC). The Panel does not scrutinise Durham Constabulary; it scrutinises how the PCVC carries out his statutory responsibilities. While the Panel is there to constructively challenge the PCVC, it also has a key role in supporting the Commissioner in his role in enhancing public accountability of the police force.
The PCP is made up of 10 elected councillors, seven from Durham County Council and three from Darlington Borough Council.
There are also two additional co-opted members to ensure that the political makeup is representative and the Panel has the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience to carry out its work.
The PCP is currently hosted by Durham County Council.
The responsibilities of the Panel include:
- Review and make recommendations on the draft Police and Crime Plan
- Scrutinise the PCVC, inviting the Chief Constable to attend before the PCP where appropriate
- Review the PCVC’s appointment of Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy PCVC where one is appointed
- Make reports and recommendations on matters relating to the PCVC
- Monitor all complaints against the PCVC and the informal resolution of such complaints where necessary
- Question the PCVC on the annual report in a public meeting
- Veto powers on the PCVC’s proposed annual council tax precept and appointment of Chief Constable.
Reports and letters exchanged with the Police and Crime Panel
The following written letters and responses between the PCC and the Police and Crime Panel, can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
2017-18 Police Council Tax(Precept)
2016-21 Police, Crime and Victims' Plan
2015-16 Annual Report
Where can I find more information?
The Panel will normally hold meetings in public and report to the public on its work. To find out who is on the Panel, the work of the Panel and about future meetings, visit the Durham Police and Crime Panel page on Durham County Council's website.