The role of Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is designed to bring communities and the police closer together. It is about holding the police force to account.
The Commissioner is elected as the 'voice of the people' that aims to improve community engagement and deliver a more effective policing service.
Derbyshire's PCC has responsibility for policing throughout the county, which includes the city, and for holding Chief Constable Peter Goodman to account for its performance. The Chief Constable will, however, retain operational independence.
Part and parcel of the PCC's role is working with community safety partnerships, local authorities and the local criminal justice board in their joint efforts to prevent and reduce crime.
Getting down to work
The Commissioner's earliest and most urgent tasks include setting objectives to be achieved during his time in office. To do this he must publish a Police and Crime Plan in which these objectives are set out. In February every year he will set the precept, which is the portion of funding for Policing taken from Council Tax.
The Commissioner will make visits to a wide range of communities throughout Derbyshire to hear at first hand their views about policing and community safety; these include:
Have Your Say - the Commissioner, representatives from his office and from Derbyshire Constabulary go out to as many venues in Derbyshire as possible to consult with the public and gather opinion on a wide range of policing issues
Your Police Your Views - the Commissioner, a Chief Officer and a local Chair of Community Safety Partnership attend and formal presentations are given on the work of the Commissioner, the Constabulary and information on current crime trends is given. The public can attend and ask questions.
Part of the Commissioner's role is to scrutinise the performance of Derbyshire Constabulary. To this end regular Strategic Governance Board meetings are held, which are open to the public and press to attend. Reports on performance, finance and many business areas of the Force are produced and scrutinised.
Decisions made by the Commissioner during his term of office are published withn the public information page. Click here to go to the PCC Decision Making page.
The Commissioner is extremely busy and to assist him in carrying out his functions he has the help from staff within the Office who help him fulfil the many and varied tasks that are a necessary part of his job. To see the structure of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, click here.