Preventing Crime & Building Partnerships

The APCC supports PCCs to develop prevention initiatives that can reduce crime and the number of victims. The Association also supports PCCs in their work with local partners in areas relating to vulnerability such as social care, mental health, drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness, and police custody. Furthermore, the APCC has established portfolio activities relating to high volume and high harm areas of crime and policing including serious violence, anti-social behaviour, road safety and business and retail crime.

We also provide dedicated advice and support to PCCs who take on governance responsibilities for Fire and Rescue Services.

Our priorities for prevention and partnerships are to support PCCs to:

  • Lead prevention work locally, guided by a growing evidence base of what works and working with local partners to address community concerns.
  • Collaborate with partners to address vulnerability and support those with complex needs, including those with addiction and mental health concerns, and reducing the non-crime demands on policing.
  • To support PCC led collaboration with emergency services and to progress Commissioner’s role in Fire and Rescue Service governance.


Latest News

APCC responds to the announcement that new synthetic opioids have been banned by the government

The Home Office have today announcement that new synthetic opioids are now under the strictest controls, in line with fentanyl.

Business Crime Matters

APCC parliamentary drop-in event to launch the 'Tackling Business & Retail Crime In Focus' report.

APCC Response to Association of Convenience Stores report on retail crime

The ACS Crime Report 2024 serves as a reminder that incidents of retail-related crimes have reached unacceptable levels.

APCC Lead comments on the British Retail Consortium’s Crime Survey Report

According to the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Crime Survey report published today, violence and abuse against retail workers soared last year.


Today the findings of an APCC Deep Dive Review into the experiences of PCCs and other policing partners of their local Combating Drugs Partnerships have been published.


APCC Chair, Donna Jones, welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new bill to exonerate and compensate victims of the Post Office scandal.

ONS stats reveal a rise in drug-related deaths

APCC Joint Addictions and Substance Misuse Leads respond to ONS figures reporting a rise in drug-related deaths for 2022.

APCC response to deaths being linked to street drugs stronger than heroin

“We are deeply saddened by the reported deaths caused by Synthetic Opioids in the UK in the last six months."

The APCC welcomes the government response to the fire reform White Paper and consultation, 12th December, 2023

The APCC now looks forward to working with government and sector colleagues to help further shape and deliver these important reforms.


Business Crime Matters

APCC parliamentary drop-in event to launch the 'Tackling Business & Retail Crime In Focus' report.

APCC Business & Retail Crime Lead, Katy Bourne OBE

Katy Bourne OBE speaking at the 'Heart of the Community' conference.

Katy Bourne OBE launches Pegasus

The APCC's Business & Retail Crime Lead welcomes the official launch of Pegasus.

Resources and Publications

apcc-guidance-right-care-right-person-april-2024.pdf, 0.77Mb

Guidance for members of the APCC to inform and support their local activities in relation to the Right Care, Right Person approach and the National Partnership Agreement.

in-focus-tackling-business-and-retail-crime-070324.pdf, 9.41Mb

With current levels of retail crime on high streets rising, this ‘In Focus’ report demonstrates how PCCs are approaching the issue and holding their forces to account.

apcc-guidance-rough-sleeping.pdf, 1.22Mb

Guidance to support PCCs to effectively fulfil their statutory duties in relation to rough sleeping in England and Wales.

apcc-deep-dive-on-combating-drugs-partnerships.pdf, 1.04Mb

A review of the experiences of PCCs and police representatives on delivering the National Drugs Strategy via Combating Drugs Partnerships.

a-guide-to-taking-a-public-health-approach-for-police-crime-commissioners-and-their-offices.pdf, 3.01Mb

A Guide to Taking a Public Health Approach for PCCs and their Offices.

custody-detention-scrutiny-panels-guidance_040423.pdf, 0.24Mb

A joint guide developed by the NPCC and the APCC, with input from Ministry of Justice, Independent Custody Visiting Association and Home Office.

apcc-road-safety-and-enforcement-survey-september-2020-results-pdf-f.pdf, 0.22Mb
alcohol-and-drugs-in-focus-v10-final.pdf, 2.41Mb
pccs-making-a-difference-prevention-in-focus.pdf, 2.25Mb


The APCC’s work on preventing crime and building partnerships is developed through eight policy portfolios:


Leading our work to develop and implement evidence-based approaches to crime prevention and share good practice.

Lead: TBC

Deputy: TBC

APCC Contact: Eddie Smithwick, Senior Policy Manager 

Local Policing

Leading our work on neighbourhood and community policing, including anti-social behaviour.

Joint Lead: TBC

Joint Lead: TBC

APCC Contact: Libby Avery, Policy Manager 


Business & Retail Crime

Leading our work to tackle crime against the business and retail community.

Lead: Katy Bourne, Sussex PCC

Deputy: Tim Passmore, PCC Suffolk

APCC Contact: Libby Avery, Policy Manager 

Mental Health & Custody

Leading our work on mental health, custody issues and suicide prevention.

Joint Lead: Lisa Townsend, PCC Surrey

Joint Lead: Emily Spurrell, PCC Merseyside

APCC Contact: Eddie Smithwick, Senior Policy Manager 

Substance Misuse

Leading our work on addictions and substance misuse.

Joint Lead: Joy Allen, PCC Durham

Joint Lead: David Sidwick, PCC Dorset

APCC Contact: Marcus Roberts, Director of Policy and Strategy 

Roads Safety & Roads Policing

Leading our work on road safety, including victims of road traffic accidents.

Lead:  Lisa Townsend, PCC Surrey

Deputy: John Campion, PCC West Mercia

Deputy: Joy Allen, PCC Durham

APCC Contact: Will Pryce, Policy Manager 

Emergency Service Collaboration

Leading our work with Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners and emergency service collaboration.

Lead: TBC

Deputy: Joy Allen, PCC Durham

APCC Contact: Eddie Smithwick, Senior Policy Manager