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Police and crime commissioners (PCCs)

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Police and crime commissioners have a statutory duty to engage with communities and victims of crime. Learn more about their commissioning priorities and how to make your case.

Who are police and crime commissioners?

The first police and crime commissioners (PCCs) were elected in November 2012 (in London this role is undertaken by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). They have a broad responsibility for holding the police to account, setting the police budget and determining and meeting the priorities for policing and crime reduction in the local area.

As commissioners and strategic leaders, they are important figures for voluntary sector organisations to engage with. Engaging with your PCC will depend on the relationships and structures which already exist in your local area.

Good relationships rely on both parties understanding each other: explaining the value of the voluntary sector is much easier if you can put yourself in your PCC’s shoes. It’s important to have done your research beforehand on who to approach and how best to pitch your message. It is also essential to think about how to convert meetings between voluntary organisations and the PCC into sustainable working relationships with the sector as a whole. Investing resources into engagement at an early stage will be worth the effort if it leads to better partnership working later on.

How PCCs operate and their main responsibilities

Page last edited Jan 09, 2017

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