With the introduction of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act on 15 September 2012 we move ever closer to the reality of elected Police and Crime (PCCs). Their broader role in community safety and reducing reoffending is becoming ever more relevant to Probation Trusts and it is vitally important that Probation Trusts engage with their local Police Authorities as they manage the transition to PCCs.
We are just over 12 months away from the appointment of the first PCCs and although much is already known about PCCs, there are discussions and decisions yet to be made during the transition from Police Authorities to Police and Crime Panels.
What do we know already that is relevant to Probation Trusts?
- PCCs are due to be elected on 15 November 2012 for a 4 year term.
- PCCs will have to produce a 5 year Police and Crime plan.
- PCCs will set the force budget and determine the precept.
- PCCs will be able to use a percentage of the precept for wider Community Safety activities.
- PCCs will hold the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) budgets and make grants to other groups.
- PCCs will hold the budget for Drug Intervention Programmes.
- PCCs and CSPs must have due regard to each other’s priorities.
- PCCs will be scrutinised by a Police and Crime panel.
- PCCs have a reciprocal duty to co-operate with CSP partners and will have to establish local co-operative arrangements with the local criminal justice service (CJS).
The Probation Chiefs Association wishes to play a full part in working with local Police Authorities as they too prepare for the transition to PCC and Police and Crime Panels.
Read the PCA Position Statement on PCCs