Office of Police and Crime Commissioner
In 2004, the Independent Commission on Good Governance in Public Services published a set of common principles that all public-sector organisations should adopt. These principles state that organisations should:
- focus on the organisation’s purpose and outcomes for citizens;
- clearly define functions and roles;
- promote values of good governance;
- make informed and open decisions and manage risk;
- develop the ability and skills of the governing body; and
- involve stakeholders (those with an interest) and make accountability real.
The pages in this section reflect our commitment to adhering to these practices. In addition to these principles, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are required to publish certain information to allow the public to hold them to account.
The Elected Local Policing Bodies Order 2011 states that PCCs must make available to the public information on:
- who they are and what they do;
- what they spend and how they spend it;
- what their priorities are and how they are doing;
- how they make decisions;
- what policies and procedures govern the operation of the Office of the PCC; and
- lists and registers
Police and Crime Commissioners are also governed by both the Police and Crime Panel (PCP), who hold the Commissioner to account, as well as the public, who ultimately elect the Commissioner and who the Commissioner exists to serve.
We welcome correspondence from the public on all topics relating to our remit and would encourage anyone to contact us if they are unhappy with anything. However, if you wish to make a complaint about the the Office of the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, please do so by visiting our Complaints page.
The police force of any given area in England and Wales is ultimately governed by the Police and Crime Commissioner, who is responsible for holding the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the police force on behalf of the public, and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), which has developed the PEEL (police efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy) programme to evaluate police force performance.