The Norfolk Police and Crime Panel (“the Panel”) has been established to maintain a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner (“the Commissioner”), Giles Orpen-Smellie, who was elected on 6 May 2021.
The Panel will both scrutinise the actions and decisions of the Commissioner and support and challenge the Commissioner in the exercise of his functions.
Meeting formally around four times per year, the PCP will examine and make recommendations on various aspects of the Commissioner’s activity, and in particular must:
Review the draft Police and Crime Plan for Norfolk
Scrutinise the Commissioner’s Annual Report
Review and scrutinise decisions and actions by the Commissioner
Review and veto the Commissioner’s proposed Council Tax precept levels
Review the Commissioner’s Conduct – the PCP can suspend the PCC if they are charged with a two year imprisonable offence and report to IPCC, however they cannot remove the PCC
Confirm proposed Chief Constable and senior officer appointments
Appoint an acting Commissioner, if required
The Panel is a joint committee of the County Council, Borough, City and District Councils.
It must consist of 10 councillors (at least one from each authority) and two independent members (not councillors) co-opted by the Panel. Breckland District Council, Broadland District Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, North Norfolk District Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk District Council, will each appoint one councillor. Norfolk County Council will appoint three councillors, picking up as far as possible the requirement to ensure political balance across the county.
Complaints about the conduct of the PCC are dealt with either by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) or by us, the Panel.
Any complaints alleging criminal conduct (or which indicate criminal conduct may have occurred) by the PCC must be recorded, and then referred to the IOPC for investigation.
Any other complaints are handled by us, usually through informal resolution. Informal resolution means encouraging, helping and bringing about the resolution of a complaint without going through legal or formal proceedings.
We can consider complaints about the way a decision has been made or the behaviour of the PCC if this has caused problems for you. For example, you may think that they have not followed the proper process for taking a decision.
What we can't do
We can't question action taken by the PCC simply because you don't agree with it, such as a policy decision or funding decision. If that is the case, you should write to the PCC to express your views or attend one of his public question and answer sessions.
We don’t have the legal powers to deal with complaints against any of the following:
The Chief Constable
Police officers or police staff
The Police and Crime Commissioner’s support staff or Chief Executive; or
Independent custody visitors
If you have such a complaint, please view information on the Commissioner’s website which will explain where you need to direct your complaint.
Additionally, if you have made a request to the PCC to review your complaint against Norfolk Constabulary, please note that we don’t have the legal powers to examine the outcome of that review.
Find out more information about making a complaint in the documents below:
At its meeting on Tuesday 13 July 2021, the Panel welcomed the newly elected PCC for Norfolk. The PCC set out his agenda for the next three years and agreed a local protocol with the Panel, which sets out working principles.
At its Annual General Meeting on 15 June 2016, the Panel agreed to appoint Air Commodore Kevin Pellatt FCMI RAF to the role of co-opted independent member for the 4 year term from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2020, replacing Sharon Brooks.
When it met on 8 October 2015, the Panel agreed to reduce the period of notice for public questions to no later than 5 working days before each ordinary meeting of the Panel. An updated copy of the guidance is attached.