The Police, Fire and Crime Panel (PFCP) holds the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) 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, Fire 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 PFCC’s priorities for a three year period, and how those priorities will be delivered.
- Scrutiny of the Fire and Rescue Plan and to review the fire and rescue precept.
- To consider the draft policing budget and draft policing precept. The precept is the amount of money that the PFCC 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 PFCC has overall responsibility.
- To consider the PFCC’s annual report, setting out their activities in the previous year and the and the Fire and Rescue Statement.
- To carry out hearings when the PFCC proposes to appoint a new chief constable, a new chief fire officer, a deputy PFCC, a chief of staff, chief executive or a chief finance officer.
- To work to resolve (but not investigate) non-criminal complaints made about the PFCC.
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 Anna King
Councillor Gareth Eales
Northamptonshire County Council
Councillor Andre Gonzalez De Savage
Councillor Winston Strachan
South Northamptonshire Council
Councillor Ken Pritchard
Borough Council of Wellingborough
Councillor Lora Lawman
Independent Co-opted Members
Mrs Anita Shields
When does the Northamptonshire Police, Fire & Crime Panel meet?
Meetings take place at 2pm and the dates currently scheduled to take place are as follows:
- 5th July 2018 (1.30pm start)
- 27th September 2018
- 13th December 2018
- 5th February 2019
- 19th February 2019 (Reserve)
- 4th April 2019
How can I find out about what is being discussed at Police, Fire and Crime Panel meetings?
The agenda papers for meetings are published five working days in advance. You can get them from our Police, Fire 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, Fire 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.