The County Council is the host authority for the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Panel.
The Police and Crime Panel scrutinises the actions and decisions of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and makes sure information is available for the public, enabling them to hold the PCC to account.
Police and Crime Commissioners are elected by the public and their job is to listen to their needs, bringing more of a public voice to policing, getting across local concerns and providing a name and face to complain to if not satisfied with policing and crime in their area. The PCC will answer to the public on cutting crime in their police force area. They will also hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the police force. Download The Beat - the latest newsletter from the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
Support and challenge
The Panel will support and challenge the PCC in carrying out his or her functions. The Panel does not replace the former Police Authority and does not have a role in scrutinising the performance of the force (that is the role of the PCC).
The Panels will focus its attention on important strategic actions and decisions made by the PCC, including whether they have:
- achieved the aims set out in their police and crime plan and annual report
- considered the priorities of community safety partners
- consulted appropriately with the public and victims
The Panel has a range of powers to help it carry out its functions and specific responsibilities relating to the police and crime plan and annual report. These include:
- making reports and recommendations on these two documents, of which the PCC must take account and respond
- publishing all reports and recommendations that it makes
- hold public meetings to discuss the annual report and to question the PCC.
Panels can also make reports or recommendations (including vetoing with a two-thirds majority) about the proposals by PCCs on:
- the level of the precept (council tax charge for the police)
- appointing a Chief Constable
Other specific powers held by the Panel include:
- asking for a professional view from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary if the PCC is planning to dismiss the chief constable. In cases of dismissal the panel must hold a scrutiny hearing and make a recommendation to the PCC
- appointing an acting PCC if the elected one cannot carry out their role (for health reasons, or following resignation or disqualification)
- holding confirmation hearings for senior staff (deputy PCC, chief executive, chief finance officer). The panel will not be able to refuse appointments but can make recommendations to the PCC
- monitoring complaints against the PCC and dealing with non-criminal complaints
- requiring the PCC (and their staff) to attend panel meetings to answer questions
- asking the chief constable to attend any meetings
- making reports and recommendations on any action or decision of the PCC.
Members of the Panel
The Panel is made up of at least one elected representative (councillors or elected mayors) from each local authority (unitary, county and district) within the force area and two independent co-optees.
The Panel held its first meeting on Friday 19 October 2012, where it appointed Gedling Borough Councillor John Clarke as Chairman of the Panel and Mansfield Mayor Tony Egginton as the Vice-Chairman of the Panel.
At that meeting, the Panel agreed to seek two further co-optee places for Nottingham City Council (to reflect the City’s share of the overall population) and to offer a place to the Liberal Democrat Group of Nottinghamshire County Council (in order to achieve political balance amongst the Panel’s membership). These additional places were subsequently agreed by the Secretary of State.
The Panel also agreed to seek two independent co-optees, on an initial temporary basis, from the Probation Trust Board and local magistrates (in order to address specific knowledge and experience gaps within the Panel’s membership). Following a recruitment exercise, Christine Goldstraw (the Chair of the Probation Trust Board) and Suma Harding (a local magistrate) were appointed to these places.
In June 2013, the Panel agreed to appoint a further two independent co-optees to enable better representation of the views of the community and voluntary sector. Following an open recruitment exercise, Rizwan Araf and Bob Vaughan-Newton were appointed to these roles on 30 October 2013.
The current membership of the Panel is therefore:
- Councillor Chris Baron – Ashfield District Council
- Councillor Eunice Campbell – Nottingham City Council
- Councillor David Challinor – Bassetlaw District Council
- Councillor John Clarke – Gedling Borough Council
- Councillor Jon Collins – Nottingham City Council
- Councillor Georgina Culley – Nottingham City Council
- Mayor Tony Egginton – Mansfield District Council
- Mrs Christine Goldstraw – Independent Member
- Mrs Suma Harding – Independent Member
- Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle – Nottinghamshire County Council
- Councillor Pat Lally – Broxtowe Borough Council
- Councillor Bruce Laughton – Newark and Sherwood District Council
- Councillor Keith Longdon – Nottinghamshire County Council
- Councillor Debby Mason – Rushcliffe Borough Council
- Councillor Carole McCulloch – Nottingham City Council
- Rizwan Araf – Independent Member
- Bob Vaughan-Newton – Independent Member
Meetings of the Panel
Meetings are held in public, with the initial meetings being held at County Hall. It is planned to hold future meetings at different venues across the City and the County. Members of the public are encouraged to attend these. Meeting dates and agendas, minutes and reports are available.
Complaints against the Commissioner / Deputy Commissioner
The Panel is responsible for dealing with complaints against the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner. Criminal complaints will be referred by the Panel to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The Panel will deal with other complaints following the agreed complaints procedure [PDF].
There are separate procedures for complaints regarding:-
- the Commissioner’s office and staff
- the Chief Constable, other police officers and operational policing.
Details of how to make these types of complaints are available from the Commissioner's website.
Submitting a Complaint against the Commissioner / Deputy Commissioner
When submitting a complaint you should provide as much information as possible, being specific about:-
- what was allegedly said or done
- the date it happened and
- whether there were any witnesses.
Please use the online complaints form to submit your complaint.
If you wish to send a complaint in writing instead of using the online form, post it to:
The Monitoring Officer
Nottinghamshire County Council
The information you provide will only be used for dealing with your complaint and not for unrelated purposes.
Wherever possible, complaints will be acknowledged within 5 working days and concluded within 40 working days if dealt with through informal resolution.