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How the PCC uses scrutiny

The PCC advocates the four principles of good public scrutiny as outlined by the Centre for Public Scrutiny which are:

1.     Providing a "critical friend" challenge;
2.     Reflecting the voice and concerns of the public;
3.     Taking the lead and owning the scrutiny process; and
4.     Making an impact on the delivery of public services.

The PCC carries out scrutiny in a variety of ways using formal and informal methods such as:

  • Use of Police Powers Community Scrutiny Panel (formal scrutiny)
  • Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel (formal scrutiny)
  • Specifically commissioned reviews / reports (formal scrutiny)
  • Independent Custody Visitor activity (formal scrutiny)
  • Regular internal meetings and discussions (informal oversight)

The methods of scrutiny that the PCC uses are often:

  • Scrutiny reviews (delivered as task and finish projects)
  • Regular scrutiny of specific topics (e.g. police use of force, out of court disposals and stop and search) via specific panels
  • Dip-sampling activities (e.g. of complaints against the police)

You can find out more detail about how the PCC carries out scrutiny in the Scrutiny Framework.