Open and Transparent Quality Mark 2016/17 and 2017/18

Our organisation

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has a team of staff known as 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.

The work of the OPCC generally fits into 6 categories:

  1. Strategy, policy and performance
  2. Communications and community engagement
  3. Criminal justice, commissioning and partnerships
  4. Complaints against the Chief Constable and business support
  5. Treasury and estates
  6. Collaborations and national activity

The OPCC is responsible for supporting the PCC to deliver the Police and Crime Plan for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The PCC and the OPCC together have a range of things that they have to do by law including:

  • Choosing a Chief Constable
  • Setting priorities for Devon and Cornwall Police through the police and crime plan
  • Owning and managing the police estate (and all of its assets)
  • Setting the policing budget and the policing precept (the part of the council tax that is spent on policing)
  • Monitoring the budget spend
  • Meeting the strategic policing requirement (visit the GOV.UK website to find out more about the requirement)
  • Managing certain schemes such as the independent custody visitors and chairs of misconduct panels
  • Being accountable to the local Police and Crime Panel
  • Commissioning services for victims of crime
  • Creating an Annual Report, Statement of Accounts and Treasury Management Strategy
  • Processing Freedom of Information requests and complaints against the Chief Constable
  • Appointing and supporting the Strategic Alliance Audit Committee
  • Responding to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire and Rescue Services inspection reports
  • Complying with the distribution of Police Property Act funds 

How much the OPCC costs

The cost of the office is £1.5 million per year which is 0.4% of the PCC’s total budget. In comparison the police authority (the organisation that held the police to account before PCC’s were introduced) yearly cost was £1,598,00.00 for 2010/11.

Staff and structure 

Devon and Cornwall Police as an organisation has over 5000 police officers and staff. The OPCC as a separate organisation has 27 full-time equivalent posts. That number includes the 2 posts of Chief Executive Officer and Treasurer (which the OPCC must have by law), and up to 8 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 ‘Meet the Team’ 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 Information 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.

Other information

  • Our organisation chart is available here.
  • 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.