The need for police accountability is at an all-time high. Forces are facing changing expectations, more complex crimes, fewer financial resources and greater demands on how police prioritise their time and collaborate with partners.
Emerging partnership arrangements and untested governance frameworks now require accountability methods to change rapidly to keep up with progress on the ground and remain effective. With the recent elections of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in May, some Police and Crime Panels (PCPs) are working to consolidate their accountability arrangements with an incumbent PCC, while others are working with newly elected individuals with different agendas from what has come before.
With this as a backdrop to PCPs continuing to provide invaluable challenge to and support for their PCCs, our fifth PCP conference provided opportunity for panels to network, share good practice and explore significant strategic and operational challenges in policing and governance.
The report captures the keynote speeches and workshop discussions, and offers ideas for PCPs to take forward in their own force areas.