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What does the PCC do



The PCC is responsible for setting the direction and the budget for policing in Avon and Somerset.

This involves:

    • holding the police to account through the Chief Constable
    • being accountable to the electorate
    • setting the strategic direction and accountability for policing
    • setting policing priorities in consultation with residents
    • consulting and involving the public

Working with partners to prevent and tackle crime and re-offending

  • ensuring that the police respond effectively to public concerns and threats to public safety
  • promoting and enabling joined up working on community safety and criminal justice
  • increasing public confidence in how crime is cut and policing delivered

Invoking the voice of the public, the vulnerable and victims

  • ensuring that public priorities are acted upon, victims are consulted and that the most vulnerable individuals are not overlooked
  • complying with the General Equality Duty under the Equality Act

Contributing to resourcing of policing response to regional and national threats

  • ensuring an effective policing contribution alongside other partners to national arrangements to protect the public from other cross-boundary threats in line with the strategic policing requirement

Ensuring value for money

  • responsible for the distribution of policing grants from central
  • government and setting the precept raised through council tax
  • responsible for setting the budget, including the police precept component of council tax, and the distribution of policing grants from central government


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