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Wiltshire Police and Crime Panel

Police and Crime Commissioners

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are the bedrock of our system of local policing governance, they play a critical role in reducing crime and ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of frontline services.

Since November 2012, every police force has had an elected PCC to decide its strategic direction, budget and priorities. As such, the PCC's role includes:

  • holding the Chief Constable (the most senior police officer for the area) to account for the operational delivery of policing and the performance of the force
  • gathering local views on policing and crime and incorporating them into a Police and Crime Plan 2022 to 2025 ( (opens new window)
  • commissioning a range of services to deliver the Police and Crime Plan and to support services for victims of crime
  • setting the annual policing budget and the precept
  • providing a local link between police, local authorities, partner agencies and communities
  • consulting and engaging with members of the public, specifically victims of crime
  • maintaining an efficient and effective police force
  • publishing an annual report reporting on progress made against the Police and Crime Plan
  • appointing, and if necessary, removing the Chief Constable

Further information about the role of Police and Crime Commissioners is available from the UK Government website: Police and crime commissioners ( (opens new window).

The PCC ( (opens new window), Philip Wilkinson OBE was elected as Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner in 2021, so is accountable to Wiltshire Police and Crime Panel.

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