Police and Crime Panel
The PCC's work is scrutinised and supported by the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel.
The panel is entirely independent of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Police and Crime Panel checks that the Police and Crime Commissioner:
- Has achieved their aims, by reviewing the Police and Crime Plan and Annual Report
- Has considered the priorities of Community Safety Partners
- Has consulted with the public and victims of crime
- Works to the The Policing Protocol Order 2011.
The Police and Crime Panel has a range of powers, including:
- Making recommendations on the Police and Crime Plan and Annual Report
- Being able to publish panel reports and recommendations
- Holding public meetings to question the Commissioner
- Holding confirmation hearings over the appointment of the PCC’s key staff - the Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer
Panels can also make reports or recommendations (including vetoing with a two-thirds majority) on proposals put forward by the PCC to:
- Set the police council tax precept
- Appoint a Chief Constable
The panel is hosted by Kent County Council and is a joint committee with Medway Council and 12 District Councils.
Each local authority automatically has one seat on the panel and the panel is required to recruit two independent members.
The panel can also choose to make additional appointments to secure political and geographical balance.