Ten Years of PCCs Making a Difference

2022 marked ten years since Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were first democratically elected and started making a real difference by giving the public a stronger voice in policing and criminal justice.

Over the course of the year this page showed how PCCs consistently continued to deliver with impact and make a real difference to keeping their communities safe; how they work their police forces, criminal justice agencies and partner organisations to prevent and cut crime, protect victims and reduce re-offending.

We highlighted a particular area of work that demonstrated how PCCs are making a real difference. Areas of work included:

  • Helping to end violence against women and girls
  • Driving forward improvements to local criminal justice services
  • Preventing crime and reducing re-offending
  • Tackling ASB and addressing drug and alcohol abuse 
  • Addressing race disparity and disproportionality within policing
  • Restoring public confidence and trust in policing 

Click here to view the PCCs Making A Difference 'In Focus' reports


Helping to end violence against women and girls is a priority for PCCs

PCCs are driving positive change through the delivery of high-quality commissioned services to protect women and girls through prevention, challenging offending behaviour and, where crime does occur, delivery of vital victims and survivor support services. 

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Criminal Justice

As local leaders PCCs bring criminal justice partners together to reduce crime and reoffending and improve the delivery of services so that victims needs are at the heart of the criminal justice system.

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Addictions and Substance Misuse

PCCs have a critical role to play in tackling the substance misuse and addiction that can drive so much crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities.

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Environment and Sustainability

Environment and sustainability issues are on the radar for many PCCs, with three quarters of them setting priorities linked to the environment and sustainability in their Police and Crime Plans.

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Anti-Social Behaviour - Making Communities Safer

PCCs work closely with local authority partners and community groups to tackle ASB but they want to do more and go further. That is why ASB features so prominently in their Police and Crime Plans.

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Preventing crime and anti-social behaviour means fewer victims, reduced demand on courts and prisons and increased feelings of safety, which is why prevention is a priority for every PCC in England and Wales.

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Victims In Focus

The "Victims In Focus" report highlights the innovative work that PCCs have implemented to develop practices which support victims, demonstrating their commitment and collaborative approach to tackling some of the most harmful and traumatic crimes.

Download the report (.pdf)