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The Police and Crime Panel

The police and crime panel (PCP) will have power to scrutinise PCC activities, including the ability to review the police and crime plan and annual report, veto decisions such as the amount of the policing precept in council tax, request PCC papers and call PCCs and chief constables to public hearings. The panel can also seek a professional view from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) regarding potential dismissals of the Chief Constable. Local authorities will need to choose a lead authority to hold central funding and provide scrutiny support.

The PCP will include councillors from each district of South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) plus two co-opted independent members, making twelve in total.

PCPs are not a replacement for the Police Authority. They will fulfil an important role in scrutinising the commissioner, however the democratic reform of policing is about reconnecting the police and the people, which will be achieved through a directly elected police and crime commissioner.

South Yorkshire’s four local authorities have now confirmed their elected member representatives on the new South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel. The full list is:

Cllr Harry Harpham - Sheffield CC (Labour)
Cllr Helen Mirfin-Boukouris - Sheffield CC (Labour)
Cllr Talib Hussain - Sheffield CC (Labour)
Cllr Sylvia Anginotti - Sheffield CC (Lib Dem)
Cllr Jahangir Akhtar - Rotherham MBC (Labour)
Cllr Terry Sharman - Rotherham MBC (Labour)
Cllr Ken Richardson - Barnsley MBC (Labour)
Cllr May Noble - Barnsley MBC (Labour)
Mayor Peter Davies - Doncaster MBC (English Democrat)
Cllr Patricia Bartlett - Doncaster MBC (Conservative)

A chair will be elected at the panel's first meeting at Rotherham Town Hall on October 15, where rules of procedure and panel arrangements will also be agreed, setting out how the panel will operate and how it will discharge its key statutory functions.

Two independent members are also currently being recruited to join the panel. It is intended that they will be in place by the end of October.

For further information on the Police and Crime Panel, please see Police and Crime Panels: guidance on role and composition.

Two Independent Members sought for South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel

 

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