The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel is part of the national arrangements for police governance established by the Police and Reform Social Responsibility Act. In each Police force area there is:
· The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel has 15 elected members and three independent co-opted members of the public.
· The unitary authorities have two seats. Somerset County Council and Somerset District/Borough Councils each have one seat. An additional member for Bristol City Council was agreed in 2012 based on the city’s population size.
The Police and Crime Panel
The Panel scrutinises and keeps a regular check and balance on the performance and activities of the Commissioner.
The panel will:
For any questions about the Police and Crime Panel meetings then please contact: Patricia Jones or Julian Gale, Democratic Services, Somerset County Council. Tel: 07855 284506 or 01823 357628 Email: PLJones@somerset.gov.uk
Complaints against the Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Panel (the Panel) is
responsible for handling non-criminal complaints against the
Commissioner and criminal complaints and conduct matters that are
referred back to the Panel by the Independent Police Complaints
The Panel’s role in complaints handling is set out in the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2012 and accompanying Home Office Guidance.
Scope of the Panel’s Activity
The complaints procedure covers issues relating to the conduct of the Commissioner. If you consider the Commissioner has not acted appropriately in relation to a matter for which the Commissioner is responsible, you may raise this issue under the Panel’s complaints procedure.
Complaints against the Commissioner are dealt with fairly and appropriately and the Panel will refer any complaint relating to a criminal offence to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Submitting a Complaint
The Panel has agreed to delegate responsibility
for the initial handling and recording functions to the
Commissioner’s Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer.
To make a complaint against the Commissioner, email or write
The Chief Executive
Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Complaints regarding operational policing and other Police officers are not dealt with by the Panel. These matters are dealt with by the Constabulary's Professional Standards department
The Panel is the final arbiter of complaints against the Commissioner and complaints will be referred to the Panel for informal resolution if :
The aim is to acknowledge complaints within five working days. Matters requiring informal resolution will be considered as soon as practicable or at the next Panel meeting
There is no right of appeal against the outcome of informal resolution. A complaint about the way a matter was handled can be made to the Local Government Ombudsman.
Support officer: Patricia Jones or Julian Gale, Democratic Services, Somerset County Council. Tel: 01275 885788 or 01823 357628 Email: PLJones@somerset.gov.uk