How does policing work?

Policing is controlled at both local and national levels of government. However, you, the public, ultimately hold policing to account. At a national level, this is through voting for MPs and Government, while at a local level, you can vote for your Police and
Crime Commissioner.

The Government

The Government sets the national policing priorities, passes new laws and allocates a central pot of funding to each Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The PCC for Northamptonshire is Stephen Mold. The PCC sets the strategic direction for policing through the Police and Crime Plan.

PCCs have responsibility for the totality of policing in the county which includes deciding how the £120 million budget will be spent and holding the Chief Constable to account.

They also lead supports services for victims and witnesses of crime and work to improve community safety. The PCC has the duty of resourcing national and international responses to threats.

The Chief Constable

The Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police is Simon Edens – the highest ranking individual in the organisation.

His role is to implement the strategy of policing set by the PCC and lead the operational aspects of policing.

His role includes managing complaints against the Force and collaborating with other forces to achieve the strategic aims.

The Police Force

Northamptonshire Police are responsible for the operational side of public protection, law enforcement and crime and anti-social behaviour prevention.