What is a Police Authority?
South Wales Police Authority is an independent organisation, made up of local people, responsible for policing the police.
The Police Authority is an independent organisation.
It is responsible for ensuring the local police service is efficient and effective.
It also makes sure the Chief Constable is held to account for their actions and decisions.
It is made up of local people – both a mixture of Councillors and Independent Members – 19 in South Wales.
It has a number of duties to carry out including:
- Consulting local communities
- Holding the budget
- Appointing the Chief Constable and other Chief Police Officers
It is part of a ‘tripartite system’ for policing which sees responsibility shared between the Home Secretary, the Police Authority and Chief Constable.
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