South Wales Police and Crime Panel
The way police policy is formed in the UK changed from November 2012 when a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) was elected for every police force area in England and Wales.
The Police and Crime Commissioner appointed for the South Wales Police force area has responsibility for setting the direction of policing in the South Wales Police force, as well as supporting broader community safety activities across the area.
More information on the PCC can be found on the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioners website. The link to the website is shown in the External Links box alongside.
What Is The South Wales Police And Crime Panel?
The Police and Crime Commissioner is subject to scrutiny by a Police and Crime Panel, which provides checks and balances in relation to the performance of the Commissioner and will be supporting the Commissioner in the manner of a critical friend.
It should be pointed out that the Police and Crime Panel scrutinises the Commissioner and not the Police force. It is the role of the Commissioner to scrutinise the Police. The Panel's role is to scrutinise the performance of the Commissioner and to ensure transparency.
The Members Of The South Wales Police And Crime Panel
In the South Wales Police force area, the members of the Panel are drawn from each of the seven local authorities within the region. Two independent co-opted members also sit on the Panel.
The local authorities are:
- Bridgend County Borough Council (Cllr Richard Young) (Chair of SWPCP)
- Cardiff Council (Cllr Jayne Cowan and Cllr Bernie Bowen-Thomson)
- Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (Cllr Sherelle Jago)
- Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council (Cllr Peter Rees)
- Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (Cllr Rhys Lewis and Cllr Graham Phillip Thomas)
- Swansea Council (Cllr Christine Richards and Cllr William Evans)
- Vale of Glamorgan Council (Cllr Benjamin Gray)
The two Independent Co-opted members are:
- Mr Mel Jehu (Vice Chair of SWPCP)
- Ian Fox
What The South Wales Police And Crime Panel Will Do.
The Panel’s role includes powers to:
- review the draft Police and Crime Plan and make recommendations to the Commissioner, who must have regard to them;
- review the Commissioner’s annual report and make recommendations at a public meeting, which the Commissioner must attend;
- deal with complaints about the Commissioner;
- require the Commissioner to attend the Panel to answer questions;
- veto the Commissioner’s proposed precept by a two-thirds majority;
- veto by a two-thirds majority the Commissioner’s proposed candidate for Chief Constable; and appoint an acting Commissioner where the incumbent Commissioner is incapacitated, resigns or is disqualified.
Meeting Agendas And Minutes
Meeting agendas and minutes can be found on the "Council - Minutes, Agendas and Reports" page on this website.
Dates And Venue Of Panel Meetings
Dates and venues for meetings can be found on the "South Wales Police and Crime Panel - Committee Details" page on this website.
Supporting Documents for the South Wales Police and Crime Panel
The appropriate authority for complaints made against the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales or the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales is the South Wales Police and Crime Panel (SWPCP).
The SWPCP will deal with any low-level complaints against the Commissioner or his Deputy; with any serious problems referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The SWPCP is responsible for initial recording of complaints and conduct matters against the Commissioner or his Deputy and for referring any complaints which allege criminality to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Where complaints do not allege criminality, the PCP is responsible for handling and informally resolving these complaints. The PCP will also handle criminal complaints or conduct matters against the PCC and DPCC that have been referred back to it by the IPCC.
If you have a complaint about the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales or the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, please make your complaint in writing to:
The South Wales Police and Crime Panel
c/o MTCBC Democratic Services Dept
Civic Centre, Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AN
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is the host authority for the South Wales Police and Crime Panel, and provides administrative support. If you have any questions, please contact Democratic Services using the details below.