Police and Crime Commissioner
On 15 November 2012 voters across Sussex elected Katy Bourne as
their first Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. The
PCC took office on 22 November 2012, replacing the previous Police
Policing Protocol sets out how the new policing governance
arrangements will work. It clarifies the role and responsibilities
of PCCs, Chief Constables, and police and crime panels. It outlines
what these bodies are expected to do and how they should work
together to fight crime and improve policing.
The PCC provides the local link between the police and the
communities it serves, working to translate the priorities of the
public, in terms of policing and crime reduction, into action.
The PCC has responsibility for:
- Setting the strategic direction and aims for Sussex Police
Police and Crime Plan.
- Setting the police budget, including the local police precept
(the amount residents pay for policing in their Council Tax).
- Holding the Chief Constable to account for the performance of
- Commissioning support services for victims of crime, and
delivering community safety initiatives and crime reduction
The PCC is also responsible for the appointment, suspension and,
if necessary, dismissal of the Chief Constable.
Further information about the role of the PCC and their
responsibilities can be found on the Sussex PCC
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (
PRSRA) established police and crime panels within each force
area in England and Wales. These panels consist of at least one
representative from each local authority in that area, and at least
two independent members co-opted by the panel.
Panels are responsible for scrutinising the PCC's decisions and
ensuring this information is available to the public. Further
information about the Panel's role can be found on the West Sussex County Council website.