Policing and Crime Act 2017 – implications for police and crime panels in England

This briefing note provides a summary of the provisions of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 (PCA 2017) that impact on the work of Police and Crime Panels (PCPs / panels).


The PCA 2017 amends the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 (FRSA 2004) to enable Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to take on governance of their local fire and rescue service (FRS) through the creation of new PCC-style Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRA). The PCA 2017 also defines opportunities for closer working across emergency services through a new statutory duty for blue light services collaboration, and makes provision for PCCs to be represented on their local FRA.

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Policing and Crime Act 2017 – implications for Police and Crime Panels in England