Statement on the Emergency response to Coronavirus
At this time of national emergency, the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel wishes to express their support for the Acting Commissioner, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Special Constabulary. By working closely with the NHS, Fire and Rescue Service and Local Government, and using the new powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020, they are meeting the considerable challenge of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whilst the Panel is unable to meet while social distancing measures are in place, an interim arrangement has been agreed between the chair of the Panel and the Acting Commissioner. Monthly teleconference calls involving the Acting Commissioner and his staff, including the Chief Executive, and the Panel chair, vice-chair and support staff provide a regular opportunity for the Panel to continue to scrutinise and support the Acting Commissioner.
Please note the agenda for each meeting will be published at least 6 working days before the date of each meeting.
Purpose of Panel
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduced significant changes in police governance and accountability, in particular replacing the Police Authorities with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (Commissioners).
The public accountability for the delivery and performance of the police service within each force area will be placed into the hands of the commissioner on behalf of their electorate. The commissioner will draw on their mandate to set and shape the strategic objectives of their force area in consultation with the chief constable. The commissioner will be accountable to their electorate; the chief constable will be accountable to the commissioner.
The Act also requires the local authorities in each police force area to establish a police and crime panel (panel), as a joint committee, primarily to scrutinise the commissioner. The Act also prescribes many of the arrangements with regard to the panel and the way in which it conducts its business.
According to the Home Office, “Panels are not a replacement for the police authority. They will fulfil an important role in scrutinising the commissioner but we need to be clear that this reform is about reconnecting the police and the people. This will be achieved through a directly elected police and crime commissioner not through the police and crime panel. The panel will have an important scrutiny role in relation to the commissioner, however it is the commissioner who is taking on the role of the police authority and who the public will hold to account for the performance of their force.”
Peterborough City Council is the host Authority for the Cambridgeshire Panel. Please send any queries for the Panel to email@example.com in the first instance.
For any queries for the Police and Crime Commissioner or his deputy, please see the website http://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/ which contains the following contact details for his office:
Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner
PO Box 688
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By dialling: 0300 333 3456
By fax: 01480 425748
Support officer: Jane Webb, Secretariat, Email: email@example.com, Tel: 01733 452281.