Deputy Police and Crime Commissioners

There has been quite a lot of discussion in recent months amongst Police (Fire) and Crime Panels over the appointment of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioners. We thought it would be helpful to highlight a few things. 

Firstly, it is appropriate for a Comissioner to make such an appointment - Part 1, Chapter 3, Section 18 of the Police Reform and Social Respnsibilty Act 2011, prvides the authority to make such appointments. Several such appointments have been made over the last year to boost capacity, which reflects the breadth of the Commissioner's role.

Where such an appointment is made, Police (Fire) and Crime Panels should hold a confirmation hearing. Further information can be found within the Policing and Fire governance Guidance for Police (Fire) and Crime Panels, which was produced in 2019. A copy of the guidance can be found here. It should be noted that pages 15-17 of the guidance covers confirmation hearings.

Given the forthcoming elections, Panels will need to be properly constituted before they can hold confirmation hearings or conduct any formal business. Something to consider when putting together the calendar of meetings for the new Panels.  

Published: 22 April 2021

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