Police and Crime Commissioners

Helen Selby-Fell, Jason Roach

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The role of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) was created in England and Wales in November 2012 by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition government. Until 2012, the management and operation of the individual 43 police forces in England and Wales had been overseen by police authorities, which consisted of councillors and independent members. PCCs were retained by the Conservative government that took office in 2016, and a second round of PCC elections took place in May 2016. The Police and Crime Act 2017 introduced opportunities for PCCs to take on responsibility for fire and rescue governance. The new arrangements have however, been criticised, both for the election process itself and for some of the ways in which elected PCCs have operated (Mawby and Smith, 2017). This chapter charts the evolution of the role of the PCC in England and Wales over the past decade, and discusses their role in the governance of policing in England and Wales.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic Psychology, Crime and Policing
Subtitle of host publicationKey Concepts and Practical Debates
EditorsKaren Corteen, Rachael Steele, Noel Cross, Michelle McManus
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781447350401, 9781447359418
ISBN (Print)9781447359395, 9781447359388
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2023


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