Promoted by Alan Pawsey on behalf of Chris Jones; both at St Mark's Church Hall, Hall Rd, Norwich, NR1 3HL

Dr Chris Jones

Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced in 2012, and 2016 is only the second time we've had elections for the role, so it's not surprising that a lot of people are unclear about what they do. Replacing the old Police Authorities they have 3 key responsibilities:

  • To set strategic priorities for policing in their area
  • ​To monitor the performance of the Police and hold them to account
  • To promote community safety and crime prevention through multi-agency working and direct commissioning of specific services 

Introducing a directly elected Commissioner was intended to give local people a more direct say in the way their Police Service operates so it is vital that the Commissioner is accessible and accountable to the public. Consultation and engagement through local meetings, social media, and through elected representatives is central to the function of PCCs.

​Some people have concerns about the Police Service becoming a political issue. None of us want to see that, but political decisions  directly affect the way the Police work every day - policy decisions about how we tackle drug abuse or anti-social behaviour,  strategic responses to national and international issues like terrorism or people trafficking, and funding decisions that directly determine the resources the Police have. It is political decisions that have cut Police budgets and Police numbers over recent years, and only political action can address them.

What is a PCC?