Each police force area has a Police & Crime Panel (PCP) with the responsibility of scrutinising decisions made and actions taken by the PCC, making recommendations in respect of these matters.
This includes the PCC’s decision around setting the police precept, confirming the appointment of the Chief Constable, publication of an Annual Report and issuing of the Police & Crime Plan.
The role and responsibilities of the PCP are set out in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and The Policing Protocol 2011.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is responsible for supporting the PCP in Lancashire. The PCP is made up of representatives from all of the local authorities in the policing area (county unitary, district and borough). The PCP operates as a formal joint committee of the constituent authorities and each council in the police force area has nominated a member to the panel. Following the Local Elections in May 2015, in order to achieve a political balance comprised of 18 members in addition to two of which are independent members.
The PCP meets publically a number of times a year. Further information about the Police and Crime Panel can be found here: