Why do we have a Police and Crime Commissioner?

Prior to the first PCCs being elected in 2013, Police Authorities were in charge of overseeing the work of the police.

Police Authorities were often criticised for being anonymous and faceless organisations that didn't engage with the public they served.

The introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners was based on the idea of giving the public more of a say on how their local police force is run.

The proposal to establish Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales was first outlined in the 'Policing in the 21st Century' white paper and enacted in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, which became law in 2011.