The Hampshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP) is responsible for scrutinising and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire. The PCC, sets key policing priorities through his Police and Crime Plan, and determines the policing element of council tax, amongst other responsibilities. More information on the PCC can be found on their website.
The PCP is made up of representatives from each of the local authorities in the Hampshire Police area, which includes the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, the 11 Hampshire Borough and District councils, and the Counties of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. In order to better meet the balanced appointment objective, three additional local authority members have been co-opted to the PCP following agreement from the Home Secretary. Two non-political members of the Panel are also appointed to add to the collective spread of experience and knowledge.
Meeting formally around four times per year, the PCP examines and makes recommendations on various aspects of the PCC’s activity. In particular, powers include:
· Reviewing the draft Police and Crime Plan
· Reviewing (and having the power to veto) the PCC's proposed Council Tax precept levels
· Reviewing and scrutinising decisions and actions by the PCC
· Scrutinising the PCC's annual report
· Confirming (and having the power to veto) the Chief Constable’s appointment
· Confirming senior officer (Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer) and political roles (Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner) in the PCC’s office
· Reviewing the PCC’s conduct
· To appoint an acting PCC, if required
Hampshire Police and Crime Panel Governance
Rules of procedure
The rules of procedure are made by the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel and the Panel will be conducted in accordance with these Rules. The Rules may have to be reviewed from time to time on the coming into force of any relevant secondary legislation and/or statutory guidance.
Joint protocol for the working relationship between the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel
This protocol concerns the relationship between the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire. The protocol aims to provide clarity of role and expectations of the Panel and the Commissioner for the benefit of all involved in the process of policing and crime accountability.
1. About the Police and Crime Panel and/or its members
- Complaints about elected Members: please contact the Local Authority they are elected to.
- Complaints about co-opted Members: please email The Monitoring Officer, Hampshire County Council via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complaints about Panel meetings or administration: please email email@example.com
2. About the Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Panel (PCP) is responsible for handling complaints made against the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) or the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC) for Hampshire.
To find further details, and the Form for Complaints against the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire please visit the webpage for the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel - Complaints Sub-Committee
PCP Members Travel Expense Claims
In compliance with the Local Authorities (Members Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003, travel and subsistence allowances in relation to attendance at the Police and Crime Panel meetings by an Appointed Member shall be claimed from and paid by the Authority appointing them, in accordance with that Authority’s own procedures. Independent co-opted Members are able to claim travel allowances from the Host Authority.