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Roles and Responsibilities

Diagram showing who does what in policing. Skip to page text to see full details.

Who Does What In Policing?

The public

  • Elect the PCC and hold them to account for the service they receive.
  • Pay taxes – part of their taxes go to the Home Office to pay for policing in England and Wales.
  • The council tax police precept is raised by the PCC to help pay for local policing.

The Government

  • Sets national policing priorities
  • Sets legislation that governs policing
  • Allocates funds to PCCs in England and Wales

Police and Crime Commissioner

  • The Police and Crime Commissioner is elected by the public and is accountable to them for the performance of the force.
  • Sets the strategy for policing and crime and disorder reduction by publishing a Police and Crime Plan.
  • Sets the budget for the police and decides how much local taxpayers must contribute.
  • Hires the Chief Constable.
  • Commissions services for victims and witnesses, initiatives to reduce crime and improve criminal justice.

Chief Constable

  • The Chief Constable leads the officers and staff of Warwickshire Police.
  • Responsible for the operational delivery of policing.
  • Advises the Police and Crime Commissioner on strategy and budget to meet current threats and risk.
  • Has operational independence and complete discretion as to who, or what, should be investigated.
  • Is politically independent.

Warwickshire Police

  • Led by the Chief Constable.
  • Deliver operational policing.
  • Protect the public from harm.
  • Prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • Investigate crime.
  • Help victims of crime.


  • Her Majesty‚Äôs Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire & Rescue Services monitor and report on forces and policing activity to encourage improvement.

Police and Crime Panel

  • Supports and scrutinises the Commissioner and the work of the office.
  • Reviews the proposed budget.