Role of the Commissioner
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.