The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is supported by a team of staff employed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
The OPCC is a non-political, impartial organisation and its head of paid service is the chief executive officer. The OPCC is a separate organisation to Devon and Cornwall Police.
'To get the best for the public from the police and supporting others to keep communities safe across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly'
The work of the OPCC generally fits into six categories:
- Strategy, policy and performance
- Communications and community engagement
- Criminal justice, commissioning and partnerships
- Complaints against the Chief Constable and business support
- Treasury and estates
- Collaborations and national activity
To find out more, please visit our structure webpage.
How much the OPCC costs
The cost of the office is £2 million per year.
Staff and structure
Devon and Cornwall Police as an organisation has over 5000 police officers and staff. The OPCC as a separate organisation has 29 full-time equivalent posts. That number includes the two posts of chief executive officer and treasurer (which the OPCC must have by law), and up to eight community engagement workers who are each employed for up to 250 hours each year.
By law we have to publish our total staffing costs (and these are available on the ‘what we spend’ part of our website) and the salaries of certain individual senior members of staff. For more details about our team please visit our executive and manager webpage.
When the OPCC can use other organisation's staff
The OPCC has access to specialist business support services e.g. legal, finance, procurement, human resources, payroll and tnformation technology provided by Devon and Cornwall Police (and Dorset Police if the service is part of the strategic alliance).
The OPCC can second officers/staff from the police and other partner agencies where individual pieces of work require specialist knowledge or support.
By law, the Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Act 1970, local authorities can provide administrative, professional or technical services to the PCC.
- Information relating to the pay and grading structure of the OPCC can be found here.
- Information relating to the pay and grading structure of the OPCC for the previous 6 months can be found here.
- We deliver an annual census of monitoring data across all protected characteristics in our office every year. View our latest protected characteristics monitoring data.
- The OPCC is a partner of the South West Audit Partnership (SWAP). SWAP provides an internal audit service to both the PCC and the Chief Constable. SWAP are independent of the OPCC and Devon and Cornwall Police. Find out more on the SWAP website.
- For the fourth consecutive year, Comparison of Police and Crime Commissioners (CoPaCC) have awarded the office with their Transparency Quality Mark.