The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is not the Police. The PCC is the voice of the public, elected for a four-year term to work on your behalf and hold the police to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve. The PCC for the Humberside Police force area is Keith Hunter ans the PCC for South Yorkshire is Dr Alan Billings. Elections for the PCC will take place in May 2021.
How does the PCC hold the force to account?
The PCC holds the policing budget, consisting of funding from central Government and local council tax payers. They appoint the Chief Constable to run the area's police force. PCCs issue the budget to the Chief Constable and hold them to account for how the force performs, on your behalf, through a series of assurance and performance measures. The PCC issues a Police and Crime Plan which runs for the term of office. The plan sets the strategic police and crime objectives for the area.
What else does the PCC do?
In addition to commissioning the police service for the area, the PCC commissions a range of other services to help cut crime, improve community safety and provide support for victims of crime. The PCC also works to bring together partner organisations in community safety and criminal justice to make sure local priorities are joined up. You can find more information in the links below.