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.

In this section

LGA briefing: Policing and Crime Bill

Local Government Association briefing: Policing and Crime Bill, House of Commons Committee Stage Tuesday 12 April and Thursday 14 April 2016

Community safety

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

This new LGA resource on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) aims to help councils raise awareness of FGM within their own organisation, with their local partners and their communities.

Law Enforcement in Newham

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, Kevin Hurley was invited by the London Borough of Newham to visit and their Enforcement Division in July 2013, and produced a report on his findings.

PCC case studies

Following our series of 101 ways that councils can help PCCs deliver their manifesto commitments, we are issuing a series of case studies which will look in more depth at specific ways councils have worked with the police and what this means for PCCs

PCC briefings

We have produced a series of briefings which will be of interest to prospective PCCs. These briefing cover important issues from anti-social behaviour and youth justice to mutual aid and the Strategic Policing Requirement. They also feature news from a wide range of partners such as Safer Future Communities, British Retail Consortium and the Electoral Commission.

How can councils help police and crime commissioners?

The LGA has identified hundreds of ways in which councils can help PCCs protect the public and drive down crime. The following list is just an illustration of the vital role councils will be playing and demonstrates the huge amount of crossover between the responsibilities of town halls and PCCs

Articles about policing and crime

Here you will find articles and commentary on issues relating to PCCs.

Police and crime panels

From November 2012 onwards, police and crime panels have a vital role in challenging, scrutinising and supporting each police and crime commissioner (PCC). They will for  example in their first few months have to scrutinising police and crime commissioners' precepts and police and crime plans, conducting confirmation hearings and dealing with complaints against the PCC.

LGA support for police and crime panels

The LGA has developed a series of guidance documents and tools to support councillors who are members of police and crime panels.

Councillor development e-learning

The LGA has developed an e-learning tool for members of police and crime panels.

Good practice for police and crime panels: Guidance document

Examples of good practice and guidance for effective local accountability of police and crime commissioners.