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POLICING AND REFORM DIRECTORATE

Role and Responsibilities

From 7 May the South Yorkshire Mayor, Oliver Coppard, exercises the functions of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). 

This means the Mayor is responsible for securing and maintaining an efficient and effective police force, and for holding the Chief Constable to account for the running of the force. 

The Mayor now has responsibility for the totality of policing in South Yorkshire and provides leadership for keeping communities safe. He is also the local link between the police and communities and is working to deliver the expectations of the public, in terms of policing and crime reduction.

The key roles and responsibilities of PCCs, as outlined in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, include:

  • Securing the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force and holding the Chief Constable to account.
  • Appointing, and where necessary, suspending or calling on a Chief Constable to retire or resign.
  • Issuing a Police and Crime Plan setting out the police and crime objectives.
  • Consulting the public to ensure that their views and priorities on community safety issues inform the police and crime plan.
  • Preparing an annual report.
  • Deciding the budget, allocating assets and funds to the Chief Constable; and setting the precept for the force area.
  • Attendance at the Police and Crime Panel.
  • Commissioning services and providing grants to help tackle and prevent crime, while supporting vulnerable people and those affected by crime.
  • Convening community safety and criminal justice partners with mutual duties to co-operate and implement changes across the police force area.
  • Entering into collaboration agreements with other PCCs, other policing bodies and partners to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Oversight of the police complaint review process.
  • Keeping emergency services collaboration opportunities under review.

The Mayor does not run the police. The role is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account.

This section of the website is under development and will be updated regularly.

If you wish to get in touch regarding a policing and reform matter, please contact us using policingandreform@southyorkshire-ca.gov.uk.