What is a com­mis­sioner?

Llanelli Star - - NEWS -

PO­LICE and crime com­mis­sion­ers were elected for the first time in Eng­land and Wales in 2012, and again in 2016.

Their job is to hold the chief con­sta­ble and the force to ac­count.

Com­mis­sion­ers set the force’s bud­get, de­ter­mine the pre­cept, and set po­lice and crime ob­jec­tives.

They can­not tell po­lice how to do their job. Com­mis­sion­ers of­ten rep­re­sent po­lit­i­cal par­ties but must swear an oath of im­par­tial­ity when they are elected to of­fice.

They are scru­ti­nised and held to ac­count by po­lice and crime pan­els, com­pris­ing coun­cil­lors and in­de­pen­dent co-opted mem­bers.

Ul­ti­mately the public de­cides com­mi­sion­ers’ fate ev­ery four years.

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