Your Opportunity to change Policing

On the 15th of November 2012 the election of the Sussex PCC (Police & Crime Commissioner) will take place. For the first time the electorate will have a direct say in policing. The Police Minister Nick Herbert said in a speech that this will be

"a new era in policing, when local people will elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex" .

Up until now the Sussex Police Authority has had this power; Who are they?, what do they do? I think most ordinary residents will be unable to answer that question.This will all change with the election, the electorate will be able to decide what Police force they want and how it operates. This is why I am putting my name forward to be chosen as the Conservative Party Candidate.

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The Role of PCC

I have lifted this from the Sussex Police website

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As yet it is still unclear as to exactly how the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will work in practice. The Government has said that the majority of the work of the PCC will be decided at a very local level, and the legislation sets out very few statutory requirements as to what business the PCC must conduct. The list below is not exhaustive but is provided to give a flavour of some of the PCCs' roles and responsibilities.
  • Appointment and assessment of the Chief Constable: The PCC will have the responsibility for hiring the Chief Constable for Sussex. Although the PCC will have the sole responsibility for hiring or firing the Chief Constable, the Police and Crime Panel (PCP) has the authority to veto the appointment of a Chief Constable.
  • Production of a Policing and Crime Plan: The PCC will inherit the Policing Plan for 2012/13 which will have been set by the current Police Authority. The requirement to produce a Policing and Crime Plan is different from the current policing plan and will be the responsibility of the PCC. The incoming PCC will need to prepare a plan as soon as practicable after taking office.
  • Setting of the Council Tax precept and annual budget: the PCC will be responsible for setting the budget and the precept. The 2012/13 policing budget will have been set by the Police Authority in February 2012. The PCC will be required to present their budget to the PCP for scrutiny. The PCP has the authority to veto the proposed precept.
  • Attendance at the Police and Crime and Panel: The PCC is required to attend the Police and Crime Panel (PCP). The PCP will set its own agenda, including any sub-committees.
  • Membership of key forums: The PCC is expected to play a role in wider community safety issues beyond policing and will be the budget holder for community safety grants.
  • Direct Engagement with the public.
  • Regional/National responsibilities: In order to ensure that the PCC takes into account national policing requirements such as Counter Terrorism, cross- border policing and large scale public disorder, a Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR) will be dictated from the Home Secretary.

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Rt Hon Nick Herbert (Police & Justice Minister) & Paul Dendle

Rt Hon Nick Herbert (Police & Justice Minister) & Paul Dendle
Nick Herbert (Police Minister) meets Paul Dendle on the streets of Arundel