The Police and Crime Panel
The Durham Police and Crime Panel (PCP), which is currently hosted by Durham County Council, provides checks and balances on the work of the Police Crime and Victims' Commisioner (PCVC). The Panel does not scrutinise Durham Constabulary, but scrutinises and supports the work of the Durham Police and Crime and Victims' Commissioner (PCVC).
The Panel has a key role in constructively challenging the PCVC, and in supporting their role in enhancing the public accountability of the force.
The Panel is constituted of ten elected councillors, seven from Durham County Council and three from Darlington Borough Council. There are also two additional co-opted members, helping to ensure that the Panel has a good mix of skills, knowledge and experience to carry out its work.
The Panel has a number of powers and responsibilities, including to:
- review the draft police and crime plan
- publicly scrutinise the PCVC's annual report
- review and scrutinise decisions and actions by the PCVC
- review and veto the PCVC's proposed precept levels
- review the PCVC's conduct
- review and confirm the PCVC's proposed appointments of Chief Constable, Chief Executive, Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
- administer complaints in relation to the handling and determination of complaints against the PCVC and / or Deputy PCVC
Agendas and Minutes for the meetings of the Panel are available to the public.
The list in the table below shows recent correspondence between the PCVC and the Police and Crime Panel.