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Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner

In September 2011, the government passed the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act.

The Act included legislation that replaced police authorities with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).

The PCC carries out several functions under the Act, that cannot be delegated:

  • issuing the police and crime plan
  • deciding on the policing and crime objectives for the police and crime plan
  • calculation of the budget requirement, for the purpose of issuing the precept
  • appointing, suspending and calling upon the Chief Constable to retire or resign
  • attendance at the Police and Crime Panel for specified duties
  • preparing the annual report

Under the Act, the PCC has to publish a record of decisions of significant public interest.

Useful links

Police and Crime Plan for Suffolk

The PCC for Suffolk has published his first Police and Crime Plan and Performance Framework. It follows several months of consultation with the public and stakeholder groups across the county.

The Plan sets out the PCC’s Police and Crime objectives for Policing Suffolk and how police resources will be allocated.

You can view the full plan and a summary below:

Suffolk Police and Crime Panel

The Suffolk Police and Crime Panel is a joint committee, established according to Schedule 6, Part 2, clause 4(5)(b) of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

The Panel has the role of scrutinising the performance of the PCC. They can challenge or support the PCC's activities over a range of policy areas. This includes the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.

The Panel has certain statutory functions, set out in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011:

  • reviewing the police and crime plan
  • reviewing the PCC's annual report
  • carrying out confirmation hearings for some senior appointments
  • carrying out confirmation hearings for the Chief Constable
  • investigating complaints about non-criminal behaviour of the PCC

The Panel meets in public a minimum of four times a year. Meeting locations and papers are available on Suffolk County Council's website