The Panel will hold the elected Police and Crime Commissioner to account and will seek to work in a constructive manner with the post-holder with a view to supporting the effective exercise of his/her functions.
The Panel is established as an Overview and Scrutiny body and therefore has the legal powers to:
· Require any papers in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) possession (except those that are operationally sensitive).
· Require the PCC (and his or her staff) to attend the Panel to answer questions.
· Request the Chief Constable attends to answer questions where the PCC has been required to appear before the Panel.
· Make reports and recommendations on any action or decision of the Commissioner.
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 details the functions that the Panel exercises as follows:
· Review the draft police and crime plan, or draft variation, given to the Panel by the PCC and make a report or recommendations on the draft plan or variation to the PCC.
· Review the PCC’s annual report and make a report or recommendations on the report to the PCC.
· Review or scrutinise decisions made or other action taken by the PCC in connection with the discharge of the PCC’s functions.
· Publish any report and recommendations made to the PCC.
· Review certain senior appointments made by the PCC.
· Review Chief Constable appointments, with the power to veto the appointment with a two-thirds majority.
· Review and report on the PCC’s proposals to remove a Chief Constable.
· Review the PCC’s level of precept, with the power to veto the proposed precept with a two-thirds majority.
· Suspend the PCC if he or she is charged with certain criminal offences.
· Appoint an acting PCC if necessary.
· Initial handling and informal resolution of complaints about the conduct of the PCC or his or her Deputy.
Location: within Surrey
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