Home Secretary Theresa May has made substantial comment on the local Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Elections taking place in England and Wales (but excluding London and Greater Manchester) on Thursday 5 May 2016.
PCCs ensure the policing needs of local communities are met as effectively as possible and oversee how crime is tackled in a given area. They’re elected to hold police forces to account for delivering the kind of policing members of the public wish to see. Their overriding aim is to cut crime and ensure that police forces are as effective as possible. In essence, PCCs bring a public voice to policing.
“When I became Home Secretary in 2010,” explained Theresa May, “police governance was broken and in need of radical reform. At that time, police authorities were theoretically responsible for holding forces to account, yet in reality these bodies were nothing more than invisible committees of appointed councillors. They were tasked with acting on behalf of the public and had a duty to engage local people and businesses in setting priorities and local taxes, but in truth they did nothing of the sort.”