Improving Public Accountability

PCCs are locally elected and accountable to the public and have the responsibility for holding Chief Constables to account for local policing on behalf of their communities. The APCC supports PCCs to provide effective scrutiny of police performance, to increase transparency in policing and in the criminal justice system and to improve the response to police complaints.

Our priorities for improving public accountability are:

  • To further develop the accountability and transparency of the role of PCCs and enable greater openness and accountability on police ethics and complaints.
  • To support PCCs to hold their Chief Constables to account for performance, ensuring the public has a voice in policing and that police forces are accountable to the communities they serve.




Leading our work on performance, including on national outcomes, crime statistics and force inspections.

Joint Lead: Matthew Barber, PCC Thames Valley

Joint Lead: Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor of London


Transparency & Integrity

Leading our work on reform of police complaints, ethics and transparency and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Lead: Giles Orpen-Smellie, PCC for Norfolk

Deputy: Alison Lowe, Deputy Mayor for West Yorkshire


Carolyn Graham - Head of Governance and Business

Leads on Performance, Transparency & Integrity. 


Chloe Butcher - Policy and Partnership Manager

Leads on Performance 


Latest News

HMICFRS release report on vetting, misconduct and misogyny

Chair and APCC Transparency and Integrity Leads respond to concerning HMICFRS report.

Prevention Lead appears on top policing panel

APCC Prevention Lead gives evidence at the Home Affairs Select Committee on policing for the future alongside senior policing figures.

Response to IOPC Annual Death Statistics Report

Joint Leads for Mental Health and Custody respond to annual IOPC death statistics.

Resources and Publications

apcc-response-final-hasc-inquiry-police-complaints.pdf, 0.17Mb
apcc-response-iopc-chief-officer-complaints-and-accessibility.pdf, 0.16Mb
apcc-response-final-ho-guidance.pdf, 0.13Mb
apcc-response-final-police-and-crime-panel-guidance.pdf, 0.22Mb
apcc-response-final-hmicic-annual-assessment-of-policing.pdf, 0.19Mb
ethical-framework-mar-2014.pdf, 0.22Mb


Matthew Barber, APCC Lead for Performance

An update on the APCC Performance portfolio from Matthew Barber.

Alison Lowe, APCC Deputy Lead for Transparency & Accountability

Alison Lowe is the APCC Deputy Lead for Transparency & Accountability and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in West Yorkshire.

Matthew Barber, APCC Joint Lead for Performance

Matthew Barber, APCC Joint Lead for Performance & PCC for Thames Valley.