Difference in responsibilities between Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner
March 6, 2013, 1:30 pm
The Chief Constable
- Is responsible for upholding the law and maintaining the Queens peace and has direction and control over the forces police officers and police staff.
- At all times the Chief Constable, their constables and staff, remain operationally independent – uncontrolled by the PCC – in the service of the communities they serve.
- Has day to day and operational command of the force and its resources.
- Is the operational voice of policing in the force area and is responsible for explaining to the public the operational actions of officers and staff.
- Assists the PCC in planning the forces budget.
- Supports the PCC in the delivery of the strategy and objectives set out in the Police and Crime Plan.
The Police and Crime Commissioner
- Develops a comprehensive strategy and plan, setting the strategic direction and priorities for wider community safety and policing.
- Sets the budget to keep communities safe, commissioning services including policing.
- Influences all of the different public services which exist to make communities safe.
- Works to improve services and efficiency by making sure criminal justice and crime reduction agencies collaborate more effectively.
- Is an advocate and voice of the public, holding the Chief Constable and other service leaders to account for delivering the priorities set out in the Strategy and Plan.
- Scrutinises the performance of the police and wider community safety and criminal justice services ensuring openness and transparency.
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