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Glossary

Other partners and agencies may have roles to play in the development of Stop and Search procedures.

Police and Crime Commissioner

The role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. 

They are responsible for the totality of policing.

PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.

PCCs have been elected by the public to hold Chief Constables and the force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

Visit the Association of PCCs website for more information.

Bedfordshire’s current PCC is Kathryn Holloway.

 

Independent Office for Police Conduct

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) oversees the police complaints system in England and Wales and sets the standards by which the police should handle complaints. 

It also oversees the complaint system for other organisations such as HMRC and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority. It is independent, making its decisions entirely independently of the police and government. It is not part of the police.

Police forces deal with the majority of complaints against police officers and police staff. The OPC considers appeals from people who are dissatisfied with the way a police force has dealt with their complaint.  For more information visit the  IOPC website.

 

College of Policing

The College of Policing was established in 2012 as the professional body for everyone who works for the police service in England and Wales. The purpose of the College is to provide those working in policing with the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent crime, protect the public, and secure public trust.

For more information visit the College of Policing website.

 

National Police Chiefs’ Council

The NPCC brings police forces in the UK together to help policing coordinate operations, reform, improve and provide value for money.

You can find out about the NPCC and its core functions on its website.

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