Police and Crime Commissioners, Support from ‘Safer Future Communities’

Police and Crime Commissioners, Support from ‘Safer Future Communities’

On 15 November 2012, the public in England and Wales will go to the polls again, this time to elect new Police and Crime Commissioners.

At this time, the four existing Police Authorities in Wales (North Wales, Dyfed Powys, South Wales and Gwent), will be abolished, and replaced by directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners.

The new Police and Crime Commissioners will aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within the force area. They will do this by:

  • holding the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of the force
  • setting and updating a police and crime plan
  • setting the force budget and precept
  • regularly engaging with the public and communities
  • appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the chief constable.

Oversight and scrutiny will be provided by new Police and Crime Panels, who will be comprised of elected representatives from local authorities in the police force area as well as independent members, and who will have the power to scrutinise Police and Crime Commissioners.

In the run up to the election and the forthcoming changes to funding, a partnership of organisations across England and Wales is providing support to the third sector. Led by Clinks and supported by organisations including WCVA and Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS), ‘Safer Future Communities’ is a coalition aiming to support third sector organisations working in the area of community safety to influence the Police and Crime Commissioners’ priorities and other new local commissioning arrangements in order to access funding, service delivery and partnership opportunities.

Safer Future Communities will engage with a diverse range of partners, including organisations that work to reduce crime and reoffending, antisocial behaviour, and that address equalities and diversity, substance misuse, violence against women and girls and youth crime. This will ensure that third sector interests are represented in the new local commissioning landscape.

If you have any questions about the support Safer Future Communities can provide, please contact Gaynor Davies on gdavies@wcva.org.uk.