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Meet your Deputy PCC – Claire Hiscott

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC) Claire Hiscott was appointed in March 2022.

Key responsibilities

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 enables the PCC to appoint a Deputy and to delegate certain functions and responsibilities to that person.

The role of the Deputy, whilst working with the PCC’s other staff, is to deputise and support the PCC in carrying out their functions including:

  • Acting as a senior local link between communities and the police
  • Deputising for the PCC across the diverse communities and range of political landscapes in the PCC area
  • Assisting in the development of the Police and Crime Plan
  • Holding the Chief Constable to account
  • Working co-operatively with community safety and criminal justice partners
  • To act on behalf of the PCC in periods or absence or incapacity in line with legislation and organisational succession planning

The Deputy PCC may not:

  • Issue a Police and Crime Plan
  • Determine police objectives
  • Attend Police and Crime Panel meetings on behalf of the PCC
  • Prepare the Annual Report
  • Appoint or suspend the Chief Constable or call upon the Chief Constable to retire or resign
  • Set the precept


Claire is based in north Bristol and comes from a healthcare background, mainly working on the frontline in the NHS. She trained as pharmacist and supported with the COVID vaccination programme.

The new DPCC was a Councillor for eight years for the Horfield Ward area, a Cabinet Member for Education and Skills and an Area Chairman for Bristol and Gloucestershire Conservatives.

Claire has previously been a School Governor and is currently a Trustee for Bristol Old Vic, where she is Safeguarding Lead.

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