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Police and Crime Commissioners: The Transformation of Police Accountability

Bryn Caless and Jane Owens


Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are elected representatives whose role is to bring a public voice to policing and hold the police to account; the holders of this controversial role also control police budgets and strategic planning. Bryn Caless and Jane Owens obtained unprecedented access to the PCCs and their chief police officer teams and undertook confidential interviews with both sides. The results reveal the innermost workings of the PCCs’ relationships with the police, media, partners and public. The authors analyse the election process (in which PCCs polled the lowest local mandat ... More

Keywords: police, crime, commissioners, accountability, pcc

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781447320692
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447320692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryn Caless, author
Canterbury Christ Church University

Jane Owens, author
Canterbury Christ Church University