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It is a key element of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s role to hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of local communities.

The PCC’s Assurance and Accountability meetings – previously know as Holding to Account – take place twice a quarter. One is dedicated to a specific thematic area whilst the other is focused on the Force’s quarterly performance. The Assurance and Accountability programme also includes two public meetings per financial year where members of the public can submit questions for the Chief Constable.

In addition to the Performance, Thematic and Public meeting types the PCC and Chief Constable are equipped to address specific areas outside the pre-determined calendar through ‘Ad Hoc’ Assurance Briefings. These are conducted via email and enable the PCC to respond dynamically to emerging issues.

Assurance & Accountability Meeting Calendar and Notes (Financial Year 23/24):

Month Meeting TypeSubject AreaMeeting Papers
MayPerformanceQuarter 4 – 2022/23Agenda, Minutes
JuneThematicPutting Victims at the Heart of the CJSAgenda, Minutes
JulyPublicPolice contact and accessibility Minutes
AugustPerformanceQuarter 1 – 2023/24Agenda, Minutes
OctoberThematicDiversity, Equality and InclusionAgenda, Minutes
NovemberPerformanceQuarter 2 – 2023/24Agenda, Minutes
DecemberThematicViolence Against Women and GirlsAgenda, Minutes
JanuaryPublicReassuring Communities Minutes
FebruaryPerformanceQuarter 3 – 2023/24Agenda, Minutes
MarchThematicIITCSEVideo, Minutes
MayPerformance Quarter 4 – 2023/24Agenda
The PCC reserves the right to alter, add or change any meeting date and subject

Assurance & Accountability / Holding to Account Meeting Note Archive:

January 2022 – Homicide Performance

February 2022 – Performance

March 2022- Investigations

April 2022- Workforce

May 2022- HMICFRS PEEL 21/22

June 2022- HMICFRS Custody Inspection 

July 2023- Connecting with Communities

August 2022- Serious Violence

September 2022- Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

October 2022- Impact of Budget Investment

November 2022- Performance

December 2022- Violence Against Women and Girls