The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner supports the Commissioner in achieving the priorities set out in the Police & Crime Plan and assists the Commissioner to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of policing services.

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire currently has a staffing establishment of 9.8 full time equivalent staff. These are permanent staff who form the ‘civil service’ and will provide core support to the Commissioner. They are not political appointees and are politically restricted employees. Further information about senior staff members can be found in their profiles. A copy of the staff structure can be found below.

The Chief Constable also provides a range of professional, transactional, support and administrative services reasonably required by the Commissioner or staff within the OPCC on the Commissioner's behalf. Further details can be found within the Memorandum of Understanding on the provision of support services.

Job purpose

To work with the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner (DPCC) to ensure the delivery of the vision, strategy and priorities of the Police & Crime Plan.

Main responsibilities

  • The Chief of Staff will carry out duties of the Chief Executive in accordance with the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011; including the statutory roles of the Head of the Paid Service; and the Monitoring Officer as required in the appropriate legislation.
  • To provide high level strategic advice to the Commissioner supporting the PCC in the development and delivery of longer term visions and strategies, working collaborative with partners and stakeholders and with due consideration of regulatory requirements.
  • To contribute to the effective delivery of the priorities identified in the Police & Crime Plan.
  • To be the strategic lead in the development of effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including the Local Strategic Partnerships, Community Safety Partnerships, local authorities, the voluntary sector and the criminal justice agencies to ensure the delivery of policing and community safety programmes that meet the objectives of all partners.
  • Provide a proactive strategic policy function including the early identification of key issues effecting policing through appropriate environmental scanning processes which ensure the PCC is fully sighted on the potential impacts of new legislations and policies which will assist in the delivery of longer term visions and strategies. 
  • To ensure that the PCC is fully supported through the effective delivery of a tasking and briefing service, providing all relevant information, taking account of the security level of any such information, to ensure that the PCC is fully briefed and up to date with any arising issues, activities and high profile incidents. 
  • To ensure the Force Control Strategy and Strategic Assessment reflect the priorities of the Commissioner as well as national and local priorities, providing advice, influence and challenge to ensure the Force’s view of strategic assessment is informed by the OPCC.
  • To ensure that the OPCC performs its equality and diversity duties and responsibilities. 
  • To represent the Commissioner at high level meetings with the Home Office, HMIC, Association of Police & Crime Commissioners, LGA and other outside bodies at a local, regional and national level as required, ensuring the OPCC leads and contributes to the national consideration of issues concerning policing and the reduction of the crime.
  • Deliver, review and improve performance against the OPCC strategy in relation to communication, consultation and engagement, ensuring effective two way engagement and consultation with all sections of the community.

Job purpose

The fulfilment of all statutory obligations of the Director of Finance in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner as set out in paragraph 6 of Schedule 1 to the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and Sections 113 and 114 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, and as prescribed by the Home Office Financial Management Code of Practice and other relevant legislative provisions.

Main responsibilities

  • Act as the professional lead officer to the Commissioner on all financial matters; financial propriety; and the financial aspects of corporate governance. Ensure the financial affairs of the Commissioner are properly administered and that financial regulations are observed and updated.
  • Ensure regularity, propriety and value for money (VFM) in the use of public funds and in particular advise the Commissioner of the application of VFM principles by the Constabulary to support them in holding the Chief Constable to account. 
  • Work with the Commissioner to develop an ambitious strategic financial strategy and ensure that the requisite funding is available from the Government, precept, other contributions and recharges, to discharge the Chief Finance Officer’s statutory responsibility for the police fund. 
  • Act as the Commissioner’s professional lead officer on budgetary matters, including the robustness of the budget and adequacy of financial reserves. 
  • Arrange for the determination, issue and transfer of the precept.
  • Ensure that accurate, complete and timely financial management information is provided to the Commissioner.
  • Advise on the safeguarding of assets, including risk management and insurance.
  • Ensure the production of the statement of accounts of the Commissioner, ensure receipt and scrutiny of the statement of accounts of the Chief Constable and ensure production of the group accounts. 
  • Report to the Commissioner, the Police and Crime Panel and the external auditor (as appropriate) any unlawful or potentially unlawful expenditure by the Commissioner or his officers or when expenditure is likely to exceed resources.
  • Ensure the provision of efficient and effective audit services and liaise with both internal and external auditors in reporting to the Audit Committee.
  • Secure effective treasury management, including loans and investments and report annual policy and performance to the Commissioner. 
  • Ensure the finance function is fit for purpose. 
  • Promote, develop and sustain effective working relationships at a local, regional and national level, particularly the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Chief Executive, the Chief Constable and senior officers of the Constabulary, Her Majesty’s Treasury, the Home Office, HMIC and the National Audit Office.
  • Work with the Commissioner and where applicable other forces, to help the Commissioner deliver their manifesto and develop new strategies to address the funding gap.
  • Represent the Commissioner’s financial interests on all relevant projects and groups.
  • Work with the Chief Constable’s Chief Finance Officer in a mutually supportive way to facilitate the execution of their duties.

Job purpose

Act as the professional lead officer to the Commissioner on all matters relating to Operational delivery of the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner.

Main responsibilities

  • Contribute to the strategic leadership, direction and management of the OPCC.
  • Holding accountability for Operational team outcomes and delivery, ensuring these are recorded as part of Staff Performance Development Reviews to deliver an efficient and effective operational service.
  • To support the Chief of Staff in ensuring the Force Control Strategy and Strategic Assessment reflect the priorities of the Commissioner, as well as national and local priorities, providing advice, influence and challenge to ensure the Force’s view of strategic assessment is informed by the OPCC.
  • Provide line management and operational oversight of the OPCC’s commissioning, policy, operational support and engagement functions.
  • Promote, develop and sustain effective working relationships at a local, regional and national level, particularly the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Chief Executive, the Chief Constable and senior officers of the Constabulary, the Home Office, HMIC and the relevant national agencies.
  • Work with the Commissioner and where applicable other forces, to help the Commissioner deliver their manifesto and develop new strategies to address the funding gap.
  • Work with the Chief Officer Group in a mutually supportive way to facilitate the delivery of the Police and Crime plan.
  • To lead and deliver projects to meet the commissioner’s priorities as set out in the Police and Crime Plan.
  • Produce strategies on behalf of the PCC to meet the police and crime plan aims.
  • Oversee the development of the Police and Crime plan for the commissioner’s consideration and approval.
  • Ensure clear actions plans are in place and progress effectively to implement the Police and Crime plan.
  • Responsibility for overseeing scrutiny and improvement functions.

 

Job purpose

Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of commissioning strategy, policy and procedures to ensure commissioned services meet the needs of the community and support the delivery of the Police and Crime plan.

Act as SME of Commissioned Services on behalf of the OPCC.

Main responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of the commissioning strategy to support the delivery of Police and Crime plan, developing a comprehensive Commissioning Framework to support the achievement these priorities.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the commissioning policies and processes to support the delivery of strategies and priorities ensuring compliance with commissioning best practices and legal requirements.
  • Determine research to be commissioned based on an in depth understanding of national and local initiatives, to ensure evidence based commissioning. Communicating research findings for incorporation into the Police and Crime plan.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with commissioning and research bodies to ensure commissioned services meet the needs of Cheshire communities based on local and national developments and offers efficient use of resources.
  • Responsible for the commissioning and procurement of research services to support the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.
  • Work alongside the Head of Policy and Partnerships to identify the priorities and needs of Cheshire communities across a range of complex issues through the development and completion of needs analysis tools and processes.
  • Evaluate tenders and bids for commissioned services providing evidence based recommendations.
  • Act on the OPCC’s behalf to drive efficiency and effectiveness of contracts though a performance management framework, investigating and identifying areas of under-performance or breach of agreements, reporting through the appropriate governance framework corrective action to ensure value.
  • Design and develop service level agreements as part of the procurement process.
  • Identify and facilitate opportunities for partnership working to deliver a good service to the communities of Cheshire that offers value for money.
  • Provide clear and transparent communication regarding the delivery of service to the public and stakeholders.
  • Attend meeting on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner regarding the commissioning of services to ensure decisions made are in compliance with the commissioning framework and policy and actions taken by the OPCC are appropriately communicated.

Job purpose

Act as principal SME for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in the development of strategy, policy and guidance in the areas of appropriate service delivery, victim’s services, community safety and criminal justice.

Assist the Commissioner to undertake the key role of being a community leader in policing and community safety through the development of effective strategic partnerships based on an active involvement in the relevant partnership environment, together with an open, constructive dialogue and joint working with partnership agencies.

Main responsibilities

  • Produce strategies on behalf of the Commissioner to meet the policing and crime aims and objectives and work with senior Constabulary officers to co-ordinate and develop key force strategies, which will help drive the Commissioner’s agenda
  • Under the direction of the Director of Operations, develop the Police & Crime Plan for the Commissioner’s consideration and approval and ensure clear action plans are in place and progressed to effectively implement the Plan
  • Undertake research in order to advise and influence the OPCC policy development, highlighting local views and concerns and good practice
  • Ensure that the OPCC is aware of all national and local developments that have an impact on these areas of policy. Provide advice and develop policy and strategy that ensures the PCC stays ahead of the field in carrying out his responsibilities
  • Ensure that the PCC meets all his statutory obligations in each of these policy areas
  • Act as the main point of contact both internally and externally in relation to policy development and represent the PCC at bodies such as the Association of PCCs, central government departments and on internal and external groups
  • Work with other policy officers in the region and nationally to share and develop best practice in these policy areas and collaborate on work as appropriate
  • Lead on risk assessment for correspondence with the PCC, providing high-quality responses to senior stakeholder including MPs / government / public service leaders
  • Have overall responsibility for the OPCC Operational Support (‘Case Management’ and ‘Diary Management’ functions), developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure the work of the OPCC meets service standards
  • Have overall responsibility for the OPCC Communications and Engagement functions, developing and implementing policies and procedures
  • Management responsibility for the Policy and Engagement Team, including collating and presenting performance reports to the Director of Operations, managing performance and professional development within the team

Job purpose

To lead on, advise and manage governance and assurance arrangements to support the statutory oversight and scrutiny function of the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, ensuring compliance with the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and all other related legislation and government policy.

Main responsibilities

  • To drive the implementation of the corporate strategies for the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner through the appropriate governance structures.
  • To advise and initiate the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner to ensure constitutional compliance across the responsibility of the OPCC.
  • Support the Director of Operations oversee and ensure the effective management of complaints.
  • To lead on ethics, transparency and integrity for the Police & Crime Commissioner ensuring that systems are in place to provide assurance to the Police & Crime Commissioner that force policies and procedure are appropriate and adhered to.
  • Oversee the Police & Crime Commissioner’s compliance with the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act, ensuring that the appropriate registers and plans are maintained.
  • Develop, implement and maintain effective governance arrangements and processes covering the decision making process of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Job purpose

To provide a comprehensive advice and support to the Police & Crime Commissioner and Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner Senior Management Team in areas of scrutiny, performance and change.

Main responsibilities

  • To provide scrutiny advice and support to the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner.
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the forward planning process to ensure that key issues relating to scrutiny of the Chief Constable in the forthcoming year are appropriately identified and included in the development of the annual governance Forward Plan.
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the forward planning process, working with the Head of Governance & Compliance to ensure that key issues relating to formal decision making in the forthcoming year are appropriately identified and included in the development of the annual governance Forward Plan.
  • Ensure that the Commissioner can effectively fulfil their role in holding the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan through the provision of appropriate advice and early identification of performance issues.
  • Promote the performance scrutiny role of the Police & Crime Commissioner to the public and to work closely with the Constabulary to ensure that the performance information remains fit for purpose.
  • Oversee the Police & Crime Commissioner’s scrutiny function and undertake periodic reviews of the process to ensure that it remains fit for purpose and helps achieve the aim of ensuring improvements in performance.
  • Lead on all performance management matters in relation to functions associated with holding the Chief Constable to account.
  • Lead on providing project assurance in relation to Constabulary change programmes.
  • Work with the Head of Engagement & Policy to support the Director of Operations to identify and share evidence based good practice in the area of scrutiny and change.
  • Represent the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner at appropriate partnership and other meetings.

 

Job purpose

Support the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in the development of policies and lead the planning, design and delivery of a range of engagement activities and projects.

Main responsibilities

  • Use project management methods to embed and deliver strategic and policy objectives in the work of the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner and their interaction with the public.
  • Provide advice to the senior management team to help ensure strategic alignment and ensure benefits realisation of engagement activity.
  • Under the direction of the Head of Engagement & Policy, develop a programme of planned engagement projects to support the delivery of strategic priorities (this will include organising and attending community engagement events and representing the Commissioner at public events).
  • Design and deliver an ‘insight’ framework that will assist in understanding our communities to enable the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner to focus its communications and other activity.
  • Regularly evaluate and review engagement activity, including all Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner volunteer schemes, to expand and improve the quality of public participation.
  • Analyse and interpret business intelligence data to develop improvement plans to maximize the reach and impact of communication and engagement activity.
  • Identify opportunities for new public participation initiatives, developing and delivering new schemes under the direction of the Head of Engagement & Policy.
  • Lead on the recruitment, retention and development of all Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner volunteers and co-ordinate all volunteer activity.
  • Identify future emerging issues and maintain a forward plan to enable the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner to respond effectively, prioritising work on a risk-management basis.
  • Identify relevant stakeholders and build effective local relationships to support the effective delivery of engagement projects.
  • Work closely with the Senior Communications Officer to ensure campaigns and communications content reaches target audiences, producing media content and ensuring all digital media platforms conform to Government public sector guidelines on accessibility.
  • Under the direction of the Head of Policy & Engagement, undertake research to resolve cases and to support the development of policy and strategies, including the design and delivery of surveys and consultation activity.
  • Identify future emerging issues to enable the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner to respond in an effective and timely manner, maintaining a forward plan calendar and planning activity to support a proactive engagement agenda.
  • Ensure the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner meet their duties and responsibilities for equality, diversity and human rights and help promote the Police & Crime Commissioner’s commitment to equality.
  • Responsibility for leading the Police & Crime Commissioner’s small grants projects.

 

Job purpose

The Communications Officer will lead and develop the strategic planning and delivery of the Police & Crime Commissioner’s communication and campaign activities.

Main responsibilities

  • To develop and implement a comprehensive long-term communication strategy to articulate the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner priorities and decisions taken by the Police & Crime Commissioner.
  • Liaise with the Constabulary’s Communication Team on the implementation of the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.
  • Supervise the day to day running of the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner news desk, ensuring media requests are effectively triaged; reputational issues prioritised; and communications approaches developed accordingly to address issues and minimise reputational damage.
  • Identify future emerging demand to enable the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner to respond in an effective and timely manner, maintaining a forward plan calendar and planning editorial content to support a proactive communications agenda.
  • Develop a proactive programme of editorial content, to provide greater awareness of the role and effectiveness of the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner.
  • Act as SME providing specialist advice and guidance to the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, and deliver training to staff and officers in this field as and when required driving quality of communication across all teams.
  • Use the national and regional news agenda to identify opportunities to promote the work, and further the reputation of, the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner. Respond appropriately to all emerging issues regarding policing and crime matters.
  • Take a leading role in the Police & Crime Commissioner response to major incidents. In a major incident, work with the Constabulary communications team to co-ordinate the flow of information to the public.
  • Lead the effective evaluation of the Police & Crime Commissioner and Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner’s communications activities. Provide a watching brief of campaign activity, reputation risk and ‘radar issues’ that may influence messages.
  • Work closely with the Director of Operations to ensure the professional delivery of the content of the Police & Crime Commissioner’s formal communication tools, such as the Police and Crime Plan, Annual Report, website and strategies.
  • Ensure the Police & Crime Commissioner meets his duties and responsibilities for equality, diversity and human rights and help promote the Police & Crime Commissioner’s commitment to equality.
  • Monitor communication and engagement being undertaken by the Constabulary, particularly community meetings, to ensure the expectations of the public are appropriately being met.
  • Identify relevant stakeholders and build effective relationships regionally and nationally to support effective communication delivery.

Job purpose

To lead an Operation Support team focusing on providing an effective and dedicated support to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in connection with office administration and co-ordination, engagement and public contact.

Main responsibilities

  • Act as the Lead for the co-ordination of the Operational Support function and actions resulting from board meetings ensuring accurate and timely completion of tasks.
  • Line manage an Operational Support team with responsibility for providing an efficient administrative support within the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, including preparation of agendas, minutes and note taking, action planning and diary management.
  • Act as Lead Operational Support in the areas of public contact and engagement in line with delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.
  • Maintain an awareness of the activities across the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner anticipating demand, highlighting risks and providing timely support to the short and long term objectives whilst also ensuring operational support resilience is managed across the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner.
  • Build effective relationships and partnerships with stakeholders, external organisations and local communities to identify priorities and opportunities for joint working.
  • Collate relevant information and produce briefings and short reports for relevant Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner staff in advance of meetings and visits.
  • As directed by staff of the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, undertake research and make recommendations to support the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.
  • Act as an escalation point providing advisory support for team members receiving contact from customers, partners, commissioned services and the Constabulary ensuring priorities are identified and actioned accordingly.
  • Draft and deliver presentations to support the monitoring of services and the reporting requirements of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Develop systems to record information to support the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in reporting, monitoring and responding to queries.

Job purpose

To provide operational and administrative support to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to facilitate the delivery of an effective and efficient service.

Main responsibilities

  • Provide support to the functional leads of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner identifying areas for improvement.
  • Maintain an awareness of the activities across the Officer of the Police and Crime Commissioner anticipating demand, highlighting risks and providing timely support to the short and long term objectives.
  • Support the management and coordination of administrative work within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, including; preparation of agenda, minute and note taking, action planning and diary management.
  • Collate relevant information and produce briefings and short reports for relevant OPCC staff in advance of meetings and visits.
  • As directed by Staff of the Office of the Police and Crime commissioner undertake research and make recommendations to support the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.
  • Act as the initial point of contact for the OPCC to customers, partners, commissioned services and the constabulary. Providing advice where possible or direct the enquiry to the appropriate member of staff.
  • Collate and present performance information to support the monitoring of services and the reporting requirements of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Maintain and develop systems to record information to support the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in reporting, monitoring and responding to queries.