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Wiltshire Police and crime panel

Since November 2012, every police force has had an elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to decide its strategic direction, budget and priorities. PCCs replaced Police Authorities and are accountable to the public for:

  • The performance of the force
  • Gathering local views on policing and crime and incorporating these into a police and crime plan

Angus Macpherson is the Police and Crime Commissioner for Swindon and Wiltshire – he can be contacted by telephone on 01380 734022 and by email at pcc@wiltshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk.


Police and Crime Panels (PCPs) play an important role in supporting and scrutinising Police and Crime Commissioners. This includes:

  • Reviewing the Police and Crime Plan and budget to make sure local priorities have been considered
  • Scrutinising the performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner in delivering their Police and Crime Plan
  • Acting as a critical friend to the Police and Crime Commissioner

PCPs also have powers to veto the Police and Crime Commissioner’s precept or appointment of the Chief Constable, which can be used as a last resort.

The Wiltshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP) covers the Wiltshire and Swindon police force area. It is made up of 11 panel members and two independent co-opted members and meets four to six times a year at locations across the county.


The Police and Crime Panel sometimes forms a small task group if it wants to investigate an issue in depth. The panel agrees the task group’s terms of reference, membership and arrangements for reporting back. Task groups tend to enable a more extended dialogue than the larger, more formal meetings of the panel. They can be an effective arena for looking at evidence in detail and therefore arriving at informed findings and recommendations. Once the panel has endorsed the task group’s final report, it is referred to the Police and Crime Commissioner for response.

The Police and Crime Panel has produced an annual report detailing the progress made in the first year and its work in the forthcoming year.


The Police and Crime Commissioner and Police and Crime Panel have published a joint protocol which explains how they will work together. The Protocol will be reviewed in June 2014.

The Police and Crime Panel has delegated responsibility for handling and recording complaints against the PCC to the council’s monitoring officer. You can find out more details in the Police and Crime Panel Complaints Procedure available in the downloads section of this page.


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Last updated: 4 September 2019 | Last reviewed: 4 September 2019