The Police Authority has certain statutory duties to perform that are set out in legislation. Their most important function is to secure the maintenance of an efficient and effective police service for the public.
A summary of some of their key roles is set out below:-
Community Engagement - By getting the public's view on what they want the Police to provide and then using these views to inform decision-making. The Authority also contributes to the development of local strategies through the Crime and Disorder Partnerships.
Planning and Performance Management - Setting clear priorities and targets, informed by community concerns and then monitoring the Police's performance against these. Included in this role is the monitoring of complaints against the Police.
Resource Use and Allocation - Setting and monitoring the budget in accordance with national and local priorities and laws. Securing an efficient Police force, which effectively uses best value practices throughout its services.
Integrity and Ethical Standards - Reviews its own and the Police's policies, practices and procedures to ensure that they comply with Human Rights and anti-discrimination legislation. The Authority also scrutinises the Police's disciplinary arrangements.
Appointment of Chief Officers - Responsibility for appointing the Senior Command Team - including the Chief Constable.
Custody Visitors - Appointment of visitors from the community who monitor procedures relating to people held in Police stations.
Neighbourhood policing teams
Neighbourhood Policing Teams are made up of Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers and Special Constables and are led in groups by an Inspector. The teams deliver quality of life policing, which focuses on, and resolves local issues. They are:
Highly visible & accessible to all members of the community
Provide opportunities for citizens to influence policing priorities in their neighbourhood
Work closely with our partners, other agencies and local communities
Collect and analyse community intelligence, so that local priorities can be targeted jointly with our partners
Provide solutions, feedback and answers to local issues