The Police and Crime Panel will scrutinise, challenge and maintain a regular check and balance on the performance and activities of the Commissioner.
It will have the power to request reports and call the Police and Crime Commissioner to attend its meetings.
Its activities will include:
- Scrutinising the Commissioner’s proposed council tax precept for policing, with the power to veto if the Panel considers necessary.
- Scrutinising the Commissioner’s proposed appointment of a Chief Constable, with the power to veto if the Panel considers necessary.
- Reviewing the police and crime plan and annual report.
- Considering complaints against the PCC of a non-criminal nature.
The Panel is not a replacement for the Police Authority. It will scrutinise the actions and decisions of the Commissioner, not the performance of the police force.
The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel is composed of councillors from all local authorities in the Avon and Somerset police area, plus three independent co-opted members.
For more information please visit Somerset County Council's website.