Hampshire Police and Crime Panel

The Hampshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP) is responsible for scrutinising and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire

The Hampshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP) is responsible for scrutinising and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire. The PCC, Michael Lane, sets key policing priorities through his Police and Crime Plan, and determines the policing element of council tax, amongst other responsibilities.

The PCP is made up of representatives from each of the local authorities in the Hampshire Police area. This includes the unitary authorities of Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight, the 11 Hampshire Borough and District councils and Hampshire County Council. To better meet the balanced appointment objective, three additional local authority members have been co-opted to the PCP following agreement from the Home Secretary. 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 PCP examines and makes recommendations on various aspects of the PCC’s activity. In particular, powers include:

  • reviewing the draft Police and Crime Plan
  • reviewing (and having the power to veto) the PCC's proposed Council Tax precept levels
  • reviewing and scrutinising decisions and actions by the PCC
  • scrutinising the PCC's annual report
  • confirming (and having the power to veto) the Chief Constable’s appointment
  • confirming senior officer (Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer) and political roles (Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner) in the PCC’s office
  • reviewing the PCC’s conduct
  • to appoint an acting PCC, if required