Why do we need a PCC?
The role of PCC is very different from that of the old Police Authority. It comprises three separate functions
- holding the police to account
- Addressing crime in the wider sense ie prevention, witness care, rehabilitation and education rather than simply detection
- Commissioner of services to deliver the first two points
The PCC is elected by the people and represents the public. He is held to account by the Police and Crime Panel (made up of local councillors) and is accountable at the despatch box. Because he does not made decisions in committee or bi-monthly meetings he/she can be much more responsive to changing circumstances and take advantage of opportunities which have a short time window.