Policing and fire governance: guidance for police and crime panels

This guidance has been produced for police (fire) and crime panel chairs, members and support officers and those with whom they work. It is intended to provide information about the statutory roles of panels and to highlight good practice that has been developed over the years since panels were first established.

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Since 2012, panels have shown that they are able to play a constructive role in providing challenge and support to police and crime commissioners. They are an intrinsic part of a network of relationships and processes, and integral to the governance arrangements for policing - and more recently, for some fire and rescue services.

Good governance, robust scrutiny and strong supportive partnerships are essential for communities who rely on excellent police and fire and rescue services, a fair criminal justice system and effective blue light collaboration. They are also important for a vibrant local democracy. Panels have an important role to play in these arrangements.