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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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