Philip Seccombe is the Police and Crime Commissioner; his key responsibilities are as follows:
- secure an efficient and effective police for the area;
- appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary dismiss them;
- set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan;
- set the force budget and determine the precept;
- contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary; and
- bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up.
Neil Hewison is the Chief Executive; his key responsibilities are as follows:
- to make sure the office runs effectively;
- to support and advise the Police and Crime Commissioner in delivering his Police and Crime Plan and legal duties and responsibilities.
The Chief Executive also acts as the Monitoring Officer, which involves informing the Commissioner about actual or possible law breaking, or any other action that could be seen as causing an injustice. He is also delegated by the Police and Crime Panel to investigate complaints against the PCC in the first instance.
Sara Ansell is Chief Finance Officer; her key responsibilities are as follows:
- to be the principal adviser to the PCC on the preparation of financial strategies to achieve the Commissioner’s objectives.
- to work with the Chief Constable and the Force Head of Finance to ensure that the PCC strategies are resourced and implemented in a timely and cost-effective way.
- to ensure that high standards of financial governance and control are maintained for all aspects of the Commissioners’ activities.
- to provide the PCC, Chief Executive, and OPCC staff with professional, financial, and business advice to support them to deliver the best possible service within the resources available.
This role is the Section 151 officer for the Police and Crime Commissioner.
As of May 2020, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire (OPCC) comprises a total of 12 staff, with a mix of 10 full-time and two part-time employees. There are seven female members of staff and five male members of staff. There are two members of staff from an ethnic minority. The number of staff with disabilities is not centrally recorded.
Other staffing arrangements
The Commissioner also jointly funds with his counterparts across the West Midlands region two additional full-time members of staff who work on the governance and oversight of policing matters which affect the region. They spend a proportion of their week working on behalf of each commissioner (Warwickshire, West Mercia, Staffordshire and West Midlands) but are not directly employed by the Warwickshire OPCC.
With the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, a further post is jointly employed to oversee the complaints review processes for the two offices.
A number of support services provided under the direction and control of the Chief Constable are made available to the Commissioner when required. Such sharing of business support is a co-operative arrangement for the effective delivery of business support essential to the operation of both offices. A Memorandum of Understanding sets out these services.
The OPCC also provides funding to Warwickshire County Council which employs and line manages a Business Crime Adviser and two Cyber Crime Advisers, who carry out work in accordance with the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan. Similarly, Stratford-on-Avon District Council receives funding to employ a Rural Crime Co-ordinator post for the south of the county (currently job-shared by two employees). Warwickshire Police employs the Rural Crime Officer post for the north of the county, with funding for the post provided by the OPCC. Similarly, the OPCC funds a Communications Officer post within Warwickshire Police to coordinate road safety campaigns.
Police and Crime Commissioner
The salary of the Police and Crime Commissioner is set by the Home Secretary, following advice from the Senior Salaries Review Board (SSRB). In 2011, the SSRB made recommendations, accepted by the government, that the pay of PCCs should be between £65,000 and £100,000 and be broadly linked to the size and complexity of the respective police force. In 2018, the Government announced that PCCs in all but the upper tiers of pay would receive a two percent increase.
As Warwickshire is among the smallest police forces in England and Wales, this means that the Commissioner’s salary is set at £66,300 per annum.
All staff salaries are determined using the Warwickshire Police police staff pay grading, including that of the senior staff members, who are paid as follows:
- Neil Hewison: Chief Executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner – £75,962
- Sara Ansell: Chief Finance Officer – £68,132
In total, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has staff at the following salary bandings (as of 1 September 2020):
|Staff Grade||Salary Range (p/a)||Number of staff|
|D||£23,817 – £26,016||2|
|E||£26,865 – £31,725||1|
|G||£35,484 – £40,662||7|
|L||£68,132 – £75,962||2|
Not all staff are employed full time and therefore actual salaries paid will be pro-rata in some cases. Data correct as of 22 October 2020.
This is the ratio between the highest paid salary and the median average salary of the whole workforce. This has been calculated on actual salaries and includes the senior employee salary.
As of October 2019, the pay multiple (sometimes also described as the pay ratio) for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire is 1.8.
Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police
The Commissioner is also responsible for the hiring or, if necessary, firing of the Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police. The current Chief Constable, Martin Jelley, was appointed by the previous Commissioner in April 2015.
His responsibilities are as follows:
- Provide the direction and control of Warwickshire Police in order to provide Warwickshire with an effective and efficient police service;
- To ensure delivery of the objectives set out in the Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan, the ultimate aim being to protect people who live, work and travel through Warwickshire from harm;
- Utilise the resources available to deliver the greatest level of protection for the public and focus policing activity in areas of high demand.
- To fulfil all of the other statutory and legal obligations of the office of Chief Constable.
The salary of the Chief Constable is set nationally and is dependent on the size of the force. Police and Crime Commissioners have the discretion to vary the salary of the Chief Constable by up to 10%. In Warwickshire the decision was taken not to apply any increase and to leave the salary at the nationally set figure.
Full details of the terms and conditions and remuneration for the Chief Constable can be found here.