The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election due to be held on 7 May 2020 has been postponed until 6 May 2021.

What are the responsibilities of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner?

  • the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for a police area must secure the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force for the area. [PRSRA, S1(6)]
  • the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for a police area must hold the relevant Chief Constable to account for the exercise of the Chief Constable's functions and those under the direction and control of the Chief Constable
  • the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has powers in relation to bringing together community safety and criminal justice partners, with mutual duties to co-operate and formulate and implement strategies across the police area
  • the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has commissioning and grant-making powers, primarily aimed to tackle crime reduction/prevention, and support victims and vulnerable people, or those affected by crime
  • the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner can take on responsibility for the emergency services collaboration and for the fire and rescue service (or play a role in local authority fire governance)
  • the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner will also have a strengthened role in dealing with police complaints

The full list of responsibilities and actions can be found in the following legislative acts:

  • the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (PRSRA) and
  • the Police Act 1996 as amended

Page last updated 14/04/2020