On 15 November 2012, for the first time ever, the public across England and Wales elected a police and crime commissioner who will be accountable for how crime is tackled in their police force areas. The Police and Crime Commissioner replaces the Police Authority.
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.
To provide stronger and more transparent accountability of the police, PCCs have been elected by the public to hold chief constables and the force to account; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
PCCs ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible, and will improve local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. They also work in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.