The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 brought in new structural arrangements for national policing, strategic police decision-making, neighbourhood policing and accountability.
These included abolishing Police Authorities and the election of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales. PCC elections took place on 15 November 2012.
The responsibilities of a PCC include:
- appointing the Chief Constable and holding them to account for the running of the police service
- setting a five year Police and Crime Plan determining local policing priorities
- setting the annual local precept and annual service budget
- working with partners, making community safety grants to tackle crime and disorder