The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is the local governing body for policing in our area. The PCC has an over-arching duty to secure an effective and efficient police force.

The PCC has three main roles, which are to:

  • Set the priorities for policing 
  • Decide the budget for West Midlands Police 
  • Hold the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police to account.

In order to fulfil these roles, the PCC has a range of powers and responsibilities. 

  • The PCC must produce a Police and Crime Plan that sets out: 
  • Their policing objectives 
  • The policing that is to be provided 
  • The financial resources that are to be available for policing 
  • How policing performance will be measured 
  • Must set the policing "precept", which is the part of local council tax that goes to policing 
  • Can appoint and, if necessary, dismiss the Chief Constable 
  • Can make Crime and Disorder Reduction Grants 
  • Has an oversight role in how complaints against the police are managed 
  • Must keep under review opportunities for collaboration 
  • Has duties relating to national criminal threats, safeguarding of children, and consulting the public 
  • Has a role in ensuring the effectiveness of the wider criminal justice system

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, like other PCCs, is scrutinised and supported by a separate Police and Crime Panel. The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel is made up of twelve councillors from across the West Midlands and two independent members.

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