The Police and Crime Panel (PCP) holds the Police and Crime Commissioner to account.
The Police and Crime Panel is a body made up of local elected councillors and independent members with the responsibility to scrutinise and support the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The PCP is not a local government committee, however it is obliged to meet in public, to publish agendas and minutes, and to fulfil the following responsibilities:
- To consider the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan – a document setting out the PCC’s priorities for a three year period, and how those priorities will be delivered
- To consider the draft policing budget and draft policing precept. The precept is the amount of money that the PCC proposes to levy on council taxpayers for the local force. The budget will set out how both the money raised from the precept will be spent, and also how other funds will be spent for which the PCC has overall responsibility
- To consider the PCC’s annual report, setting out their activities in the previous year
- To carry out hearings when the PCC proposes to appoint a new chief constable, a deputy PCC, a chief of staff, chief executive or a chief finance officer
- To work to resolve (but not investigate) non-criminal complaints made about the PCC
The panel is made up of councillors drawn from each of the local authorities in Northamptonshire according to a set allocation of places, and two independent co-opted members drawn from the local community. The current membership is as follows:
Corby Borough Council
Councillor Mary Butcher
Daventry District Council
Councillor Richard Auger
East Northamptonshire Council
Councillor Gill Mercer
Kettering Borough Council
Councillor Ian Jelley
Northampton Borough Council
Councillor Mike Hallam
Councillor Danielle Stone
Northamptonshire County Council
Councillor Derek Lawson
Councillor Winston Strachan
South Northamptonshire Council
Councillor Lizzy Bowen
Borough Council of Wellingborough
Councillor Martin Griffiths
Independent Co-opted Members
Mr David Aarons
Mr Cargin Moss
Mrs Anita Shields
When does the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Panel meet?
Meetings take place at 2pm at County Hall in Northampton. Meetings dates currently scheduled to take place are as follows:
- Tuesday 27 September 2016
- Thursday 15 December 2016
- Thursday 2 February 2017
- Wednesday 15 February 2017 (Reserve)
- Thursday 6 April 2017
How can I find out about what is being discussed at Police and Crime Panel meetings?
The agenda papers for meetings are published five working days in advance. You can get them from our Police and Crime Panel Reports page. Alternatively, you can obtain copies from County Hall or download them from the Northamptonshire County Council website.
The panel meetings are normally held in public and you can attend. You can also address the Police and Crime Panel or ask a question on any item on the agenda for a particular meeting.
If you would like to speak at a Police and Crime Panel meeting, or have any questions about the PCP, please contact James Edmunds at Northamptonshire County Council two working days before the date of the meeting.
More information on the PCP can be found at the Home Office website.
Northamptonshire Police and Crime Panel Complaints Sub Committee
The Northamptonshire Police and Crime Panel Complaints Sub Committee has been established by the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Panel to carry out the informal resolution of non-criminal complaints regarding the conduct of the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner.
Informal resolution is intended to represent a locally-agreed process for resolving a complaint as far as possible by mediation between the complainant and the subject of the complaint.