The Commissioner’s main duties are to:

  • Hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the people of Cheshire.
  • Secure the effectiveness and efficiency of Cheshire Constabulary.
  • Decide the budget, allocate assets and funds to the Chief Constable; and set the police council tax precept for the force area.
  • Set the strategic direction and objectives of the force through the Police and Crime Plan, which must have regard to the Strategic Policing Requirement set by the Home Secretary.
  • Prepare and issue an annual report on delivery against the objectives set within the Police and Crime Plan.
  • Publish information to enable people to assess the performance of the Commissioner and Chief Constable.
  • Monitor complaints made against officers and staff, whilst having responsibility for complaints against the Chief Constable.
  • Appoint the Chief Constable.

The Commissioner has wider responsibilities than those relating solely to the police force, including:

  • The ability to provide or commission services intended to help victims and witnesses of crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • The ability to provide or commission services that will secure, or contribute to securing, crime and disorder reduction.
  • The ability to bring together Community Safety Partnerships at the force level.
  • A duty to ensure that all collaboration agreements with other Commissioners and forces deliver value for money or enhance the effectiveness of policing capabilities and resilience.
  • A wider responsibility for the enhancement of the delivery of criminal justice in their area.