Police and Crime Panels
are non-executive scrutiny bodies that provide both challenge and support to police and crime commissioners (PCCs) as they fulfil their duties.
Where PCCs are responsible for fire and rescue services in their force areas, panels in those areas are known as police, fire and crime panels.
As a result of the recommendations arising from Part One of the PCC Review, the Home Office is delivering a new guidance and training package for panels, to make them more consistent and effective in overseeing PCCs.
The new resources are aimed at three different audiences within the panel structure – chairs, members and supporting officers – and provide practical learning to reinforce the panels’ roles and responsibilities, and to show what effective scrutiny of PCCs looks like.