The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduced new structural arrangements for national policing, strategic police decision-making, neighbourhood policing and policing accountability.
A key feature of the new framework is the creation of elected police and crime commissioners (PCCs) for police force areas, and the introduction of police and crime panels to scrutinise them. The first PCCs were elected in November 2012, and a second round of PCC elections took place in May 2016. Details of the current PCCs are available here.
Councils and local PCCs and police forces are close partners on a range of community safety issues. Alongside this, councillors have a formal role in scrutinising the work of PCCs through their membership of Police and Crime Panels.