Outside body

Essex Police and Crime Panel


The Police and Crime Commissioner will be scrutinised by the Police and Crime Panel (PCP).  Their role includes reviewing the police and crime plan, annual report and both scrutinising and supporting the activities of the PCC in holding the Chief Constable to account.


The Panel is made up of representatives from each district. Two independent members have also been appointed.


The Panel has a number of powers and responsibilities. These include:


·         The power to veto (by two-thirds majority) the proposed precept and the proposed candidate for Chief Constable.

·         Reviewing the draft Police and Crime Plan and make recommendations to which the PCC must have regard.

·         Reviewing the PCC‘s Annual Report and make reports and recommendations at a public meeting, which the PCC must attend.

·         Asking Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary (HMIC) for a professional view when the PCC intends to dismiss a Chief Constable.

·         Holding confirmation hearings for the PCC’s proposed chief executive, chief finance officer and deputy police and crime commissioner appointments.


The Panel is required to hold a minimum of four public meetings a year.

Contact information

Phone: 01245 291600

Website: http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/scrunity/police-and-crime-panel/

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