About the Police and Crime Commissioner role

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner’s main role is to hold the Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary to account for the performance of the police force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) sets the strategic direction and priorities through the Police & Crime plan which reflects the priorities of Hampshire and Isle of Wight residents as well as national priorities set by Government.   It includes setting the overall police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax.  

The PCC also has a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime and to deliver community safety initiatives such as restorative justice and crime reduction grants to build confidence and trust in communities. They also work in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.