Police and Crime Panel
The Police and Crime Panel (PCP) will have the power to scrutinise Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) activities, including the ability to review the Police and Crime Plan and annual report, request PCC papers and call PCCs and Chief Constable to public hearings. The PCP can also veto decisions on the local precept and the appointment of a new Chief Constable.
The Police and Crime Panel are responsible for receiving and considering complaints against the Police and Crime Commissioner. You need to apply to the panel directly for details of any complaints made against the Commissioner.
The panel can seek a professional view from HMIC regarding potential dismissals, and will agree on a lead authority to hold central funding and provide scrutiny support. The Panel will not be holding the police to account, as that is the role of the elected PCC.
The local authorities in Lancashire are responsible for establishing and maintaining the PCP. Lancashire PCP is made up of councillor members from each local authority, and a number of independent members. In Lancashire, we have a joint committee made up of councillors drawn from the unitary, district and county councils within the force area, plus additional members co-opted by the Panel up to a maximum of 20.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is currently the lead authority for the panel in Lancashire.
To view more information on the Police and Crime Panel from July 2013 visit Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council website.