Critical friend: What’s next for Police and Crime Panels?

Ann Reeder, Founder and Director of Frontline Consulting, chaired the panel on ‘Critical friends: Maximising the P(F)CC – Police (Fire) and Crime Panel relationship’ at today's Police Governance Summit and facilitated a discussion between a PCP Chair, a PCC, an OPCC Chief Executive and an academic. The summit was arranged by Policing Insight.

Ahead of the summit, Ann prepared an article which can be read in full on the Policing Insight website. Ann explained that Frontline Consulting has been working with Police and Crime Panels since 2012 and supported 39 of the 41 panels. 

So where next for Police and Crime Panels? Ann highlighted some of the key challenges that Panels are currently facing and areas where Frontline Consulting has, and is working with panels to identify solutions:

  • Getting the relationships right between panels, PCCs and OPCCs
  • Engaging all members and building capacity for more focused work
  • Planning panels’ activity more strategically and with appropriate input from the PCC and OPCC
  • Increasing the use of proactive scrutiny both to challenge and support PCCs
  • Preparing better for scrutiny of the PCC’s budget and precept through earlier engagement, timely information and a year-round approach
  • Sourcing and using data more effectively to triangulate evidence for scrutiny purposes
  • Developing communications
  • Getting to grips with scrutinising strategic alliances and the increasing amount of cross-Force collaboration
  • Establishing Police, Fire and Crime Panels

Should you require any further information or require support on these or any other matters, then please do not hesitate contact us. 



Published: 06 June 2018

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