The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 30 November 2010. It received Royal Assent on 15 September 2011. The Act replaces Police Authorities with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners, with the aim of improving police accountability. On 15th November voters will have the opportunity to vote for 1 person to oversee policing in Sussex.
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)
The Police and Crime Commissioner will be responsible for:
- setting the strategic policing direction through publishing an annual ‘policing plan’
- holding the Chief Constable to account
- identifying, engaging and representing the communities within Sussex, (home to approximately 1.5 million people) to set local policing priorities
- setting a policing budget and level of council tax spent on policing (known as the precept)
- Making community safety grants to local organisations
- Selecting the Chief Constable and with the Chief Constable selecting his senior staff
The supplementary vote system will be used in this election, as was in the London Mayoral elections. The Commissioner will be elected for an initial term until May 2016 and thereafter will coincide with the London elections. Click for more information about the election and its cost.
Police and Crime Panel
The Police and Crime Panel in Sussex will be composed of 18 local councillors and 2 independent members. Its role will be to scrutinise certain core activities of the Commissioner: The setting of the precept and approval of the local policing plan.