The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduced significant changes in police governance and accountability. In particular it replaces Police Authorities with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners.
On 5 May 2016, Cumbria elected Peter McCall as its second Commissioner, he has responsibility for the way policing is delivered in the county and will hold the Chief Constable to account for running the force. He will decide how funding related to policing and crime reduction is allocated, and, in consultation with the Chief Constable, set the strategic direction and objectives of the force through their Police and Crime Plan.
The Cumbria Police and Crime Panel (PCP) has been established to scrutinise and support the work of the Commissioner and is one of the key checks and balances in relation to monitoring their performance. (The PCP is not there to scrutinise the Chief Constable). The Commissioner will be required to consult with the PCP on his or her plans and budget for policing, as well as the council tax precept and certain key appointments.
Cumbria County Council is the host local authority for the PCP and will provide administrative and other support to the panel and its members.
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