The Role of the Police and Crime Panel

The Police and Crime Panel (PCP), which is totally independent of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, oversees the work of the PCC.

Its role includes:

  • reviewing the PCC’s proposals for the amount of council tax local people pay towards policing.  It has the power to veto these proposals if it considers the amount is inappropriate 
  • considering the PCC’s Police and Crime plan and Annual Report
  • considering the PCC’s proposals for the appointment of a new Chief Constable, with the power to veto
  • investigating complaints about the PCC

The PCP will not scrutinise the performance of the Force as a whole or the Chief Constable as this is the responsibility of the PCC.  It can request reports from the PCC and if it wishes, call the PCC to attend its meetings.

PCPs will be comprised of one elected representative (councillors and, where relevant, elected mayors) from each local authority within the Leicestershire force area and two independent members or co-optees. The Panel may appoint additional local authority members with a view to achieving political or geographical balance, up to a maximum membership of 20.

From 1st January 2024 the Panel is run from Leicestershire County Council, which provide administrative and support services. More information on the Leicestershire Police and Crime Panel can be found by following the link below: