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Information for electors voting in the General Election 2024.

A UK parliamentary election has been called for 4 July 2024. Deadlines for registering to vote, and applying for a postal vote, have now passed. To apply to vote by proxy, you have until 5pm on 26 June 2024: GOV.UK: Apply to vote by proxy (opens new window)

Overseas electors may consider applying to vote by proxy. For more information see the General Election 2024 page.

Wiltshire Police and Crime Panel

What the Police and Crime Panel does not do

Whilst Wiltshire Police and Crime Panel supports and scrutinises the performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner, it is important to clarify that the Panel does not directly scrutinise the Chief Constable.

It is the responsibility of the Police and Crime Commissioner to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of efficient and effective policing, management of resources, and expenditure by the police force.

The Chief Constable retains responsibility for operational matters, such as the deployment of officers. As such, the Panel would not ask questions about decisions to investigate particular crimes, tactical operations or the decision to make an arrest.

The Panel also does not have a mandate to make executive decisions, as that would undermine the elected PCC who is directly accountable to the electorate of Swindon and Wiltshire.

Details of the relationship between and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Chief Constable and Police and Crime Panel are set out in the GOV.UK: Policing Protocol Order 2011 (statutory instrument) (opens new window).

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