About the Panel

Aerial view of Sussex

The Panel is next due to meet on Friday 25 June 2021 at 10.30am.

The meeting will be limited in length and scope, due to the pandemic. It will focus on scrutiny of the Commissioner’s Annual Report 2020/21.

On this occasion, residents are urged to watch proceedings via the webcast. However, for members of the public attending in person, there will be a maximum of two spaces available. These must be booked in advance by contacting us at: democratic.services@westsussex.gov.uk.

All meeting attendees will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of the meeting and will be subject to temperature checks at the door. Those arriving without a reserved place cannot be admitted.


The Panel’s main duties

Each police force area has a Police and Crime Panel to provide checks and balances in relation to the performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The role of the Panel is to scrutinise the performance of the Commissioner and ensure transparency.

Elections for a Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex were held on 6 May 2021. The website for the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner contains more information about the elections, as well as further details about the Commissioner’s role and work.

The Sussex Police and Crime Panel came into being on 1 November 2012 and meets a minimum of four times a year.

Its role includes powers to:

  • review the draft Police and Crime Plan and make recommendations to the Commissioner, who must consider 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-third’s majority the Commissioner’s proposed candidate for Chief Constable
  • appoint an acting Commissioner where the incumbent Commissioner is incapacitated, resigns or is disqualified.

Under the terms of its Home Office grant, the Panel is also required to publish details of its expenditure – the latest set of figures can be found below.