The Police and Crime Panel replaced the Hampshire Police Authority in November 2012 and comprises 15 local authorities across Hampshire.
The panel was formed to hold the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire to account. The Commissioner will set key policing priorities, for appointing senior officers and for setting the policing element of council tax.
The panel is made up of representatives from each of the Local Authorities in the Hampshire Police area, which includes the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, the Isle of Wight as well as Hampshire County Council and the 11 Borough and District authorities within it. Two non-political members of the panel are also appointed to add to the collective spread of experience and knowledge.
Meeting formally around four times per year, the panel will be able to examine and make recommendations on various aspects of the Commissioner’s activity, in particular powers include:
· To review the draft Police and Crime Plan
· To scrutinise the PCC's Annual Report
· To review and scrutinise decisions and actions by the PCC
· To review and veto the PCC's proposed Council Tax precept levels
· To review the PCC’s Conduct – the panel can suspend the PCC if they are charged with 2 year imprisonable offence and report to the Independent Police Complaints Commission; however it cannot remove the PCC.
· To confirm the Chief Constable’s appointment.
· To appoint an acting PCC, if required.
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