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’ Commissioner (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: