Police and Crime CommissionersThe Transformation of Police Accountability

Police and Crime CommissionersThe Transformation of Police Accountability

Bryn Caless and Jane Owens

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9781447320692

Publisher: Policy Press

Abstract

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 mandate ever) and consider the future of this politically-contested role.