Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Kathryn Holloway was elected as Bedfordshire's new Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday, 5th May 2016. Kathryn officially took up Office on Thursday 12th May 2016.
The Police and Crime Commissioner has responsibility for the totality of policing within Bedfordshire. In order to ‘Build a Safer Bedfordshire’ the Commissioner publishes a Police and Crime Plan which sets out the priorities for Bedfordshire Police and community safety in the County.
The Commissioner will hold the Chief Constable to account for the efficient and effective delivery of the Plan to ensure local people receive a policing service they are satisfied with and have trust and confidence in.
The three priorities of the Commissioner’s plan are as follows: Protecting the Public, Partnership Working and Preventing Crime.
The Commissioner’s website can be accessed here.
Police and Crime Panel
The Police and Crime Panel (PCP) is a key component of the new governance structure, formed to hold the Police and Crime Commissioner to account on behalf of the public and providing a “check and balance” role. The PCP will not scrutinise the performance of the force as a whole, or the Chief Constable, as this is the responsibility of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The PCP will be the responsibility of the local authorities in Bedfordshire and will comprise ten councillor members from each local authority and two independent members. It is possible for the Panel to co-opt other members up to a maximum of twenty.