What you need to know as a PCC

The APCC guide for you and your office

The APCC has produced a reference guide which provides PCCs and their offices with valuable information, insight, and tips on a PCC’s statutory responsibilities, the key partners they work with, the national police and crime landscape, the setting up of their office, the potential areas of development of the role, and much more.

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PCCs have powers to bring together local partners; commission services and make grants; take on responsibility for emergency service collaboration and FRSs (England only).

This section includes: Statutory Responsibilities, Holding to Account, The Corporate Financial Process, Police and Crime Plans, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Environment and Sustainability.

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As part of the ‘and Crime’ part of the role, PCCs have a role both in respect of the local CJS and specifically in respect to victims of crime.

A key part of this involves PCCs commissioning a wide range of services including reducing re-offending, diversion and other crime prevention and community safety services.

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Effective engagement with all sections of the community, partners and the public is a fundamental part of the role of the PCC.

This section includes: Engagement with the Public

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Under the Policing and Crime Act 2017, PCCs can apply to take on responsibility for fire governance and become PFCCs.

This section includes: Fire and rescue governance

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The Home Office has established a set of national governance boards to support oversight of activity that helps meet the Government’s ambition to reduce crime. They include: the National Policing Board; the Crime and Policing Performance Board; and the Strategic Change and Investment Board. 

This section includes: National Governance Landscape, The Role of the Criminal Justice Inspectorates

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There are several different types of collaboration which are covered by different legislation. For example, S22A collaboration agreements are made between two or more PCCs, or two or more police forces & PCCs. Mutual aid arrangements are covered by S24 of the Police Act 1996.

This section includes: Serious and Organised Crime, The Strategic Policing Requirement, Police Technology

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About the APCC

The APCC is the national membership organisation for PCCs and equivalents, providing a national voice into government and other national bodies, enabling PCCs to work together and share good practice and supporting them and their offices to implement policy locally.

This section includes: What next for the PCC role

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