Warrington is represented by the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), who is elected every four years by the whole of Cheshire. The next scheduled election will be held on 7 May 2020.
The main duties of the PCC is to:
- Hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the people of Cheshire, Halton and Warrington
- Make sure that Cheshire Constabulary is efficient and effective
- Decide the police budget and set the council tax for policing
- Ensure that the Constabulary achieves value for money
- Gather the views of the public, victims and businesses to set the strategic direction and objectives of the Constabulary
- Monitor the performance of policing against agreed priorities
- Appoint (and if necessary dismiss) the Chief Constable
The PCC has a specific responsibility for the delivery of community safety and crime reduction. The PCC works with other agencies such as the council to reduce crime and disorder.
The PCC is able to award funding for crime and disorder reduction and can select who provides these services from the public, private and voluntary sector.
The PCC does not 'run' the police force. Chief Constables will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the police force, but they are accountable to the public via PCCs.
For more information about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner visit the Home Office website or the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner website.