Police and Crime Panel powers
The Wiltshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP) is made up of 11 elected representatives from Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council and two independent co-opted members. The panel’s role is to examine the actions and decisions of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC). The panel have four to six times a year at locations across the county which are open to press and public.
The PCP play an important role in supporting and scrutinising the Commissioner, including:
- Providing the Commissioner with recommendations on the Police and Crime Plan and the Annual Report
- Scrutinising the performance of the PCC in delivering the Police and Crime Plan
- Acting as a critical friend to the PCC
More information on how the PCC and the PCP work together can be found in the Joint Protocol Document.
The PCP has important decision making powers in a range of areas:
- PCPs provide recommendations and the power to veto changes to the police and crime element of council tax
- Hold confirmatory hearings in respect of the appointment of the Chief Constable and other senior appointments
- Has delegated responsibility for handling and recording of complaints against the PCC – you can find out more in the Police and Crime Panel's Complaints Procedure Document.
- Appoint an acting PCC if required due to suspension
Wiltshire Council provides support to the PCP. Membership, meeting dates, reports and papers can all be found on the Police and Crime Panel section of Wiltshire Council's website.