South Wales Police Authority

Police and Crime Commissioner

Police and Crime Commissioner

Police and Crime Commissioner
Alun Michael has been elected as the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner.
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Alun Michael has been elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales. 
The Police and Crime Commissioner will replace the Police Authority.  This individual will be responsible for overseeing the Chief Constable, and representing the public.


The overall responsibility for the Commissioner will be to maintain an effective and efficient police service by holding the Chief Constable to account.
Other duties include:
  • Appoint and, if necessary, dismiss the Chief Constable;
  • Set policing priorities and produce an Annual Plan;
  • Set the annual police budget and council tax precept; 
  • Publish Annual Report and Accounts; 
  • Consult with and involve the public.
More information on the responsibilities can be found here.

Police and Crime Panels

A Police and Crime Panel will be set up to scrutinise the work of the Commissioner.  This will be made up of Councillors and Independent Members from across the South Wales area.
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Why is this being introduced?

The Coalition Government wants to increase public accountability in the police service.  The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 sets out how this will be achieved through the introduction of Commissioner's in each force area of England and Wales.
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Police and Crime Commissioner
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