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Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire is Matthew Ellis.

OPCC logoThe Police and Crime Commissioner sets the annual budget for Staffordshire Police and holds the Chief Constable to account for delivering an effective and efficient police service.

The Chief Constable is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Staffordshire Police but is accountable to the public through your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

PCCs are responsible for setting out and delivering against a Police and Crime Plan, as well as appointing the Chief Constable.

The PCC also sets the part of the council tax that goes to policing, called the precept, aims to cut crime across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and makes grants available for organisations including, but not limited to, Community Safety Partnerships.

The PCC represents all of those living in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and assesses, supports and challenges the overall performance of Staffordshire Police against the priorities agreed within the Police and Crime Plan.

Finding out more about the PCC is the best way to help shape policing in your area and influence what the police will prioritise.

The duties of a Police and Crime Commissioner are set out in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and more detailed information about PCCs' responsibilities and powers can be found on the Home Office website.

A Police and Crime Panel in Staffordshire assesses the performance of the PCC and look at their actions and decisions.

You can watch Police and Crime Panel meetings live, where the Panel asks the PCC questions, as well as putting questions from the public to the PCC. To watch a Police and Crime Panel meeting live or watch a Police and Crime Panel meeting after it has been held, go to Staffordshire Police and Crime Panel.

The public can hold Police and Crime Commissioners to account at PCC elections.

To find out more about the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Staffordshire, go to the website for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire.

There are many ways that you can volunteer to help policing in Staffordshire and help the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner shape policing for the future. To find out more about volunteering go to Make a Difference - Volunteer.