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The Police and Crime Commissioner


On 15th November 2012, for the first time ever, the public across England and Wales will elect police and crime commissioners who will be accountable for how crime is tackled in their force area.


The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will be an elected individual that will oversee policing in South Yorkshire. The PCC will be responsible for representing the public within South Yorkshire.Their role is to cut crime, reduce reoffending and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area. The PCC will hold the Chief Constable to account and have the ability to hire, and if necessary fire them if the need arises.

PCCs will provide a stronger and more transparent accountability of the police. They will be elected by the public to hold chief constables and the force to account; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

PCCs must ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible, and will improve local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. They will also work in partnership across a range of agencies at local, regional and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.

PCCs will not run the police as this will continue to be the responsibility of the Chief Constable. The role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account.

The Police and Crime Commissioner will replace the current Police Authority we have in South Yorkshire.

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