In order for the PCC to be able to successfully undertake her duties she is supported by a small team of staff known as the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
The OPCC is a non-political, impartial organisation.
The OPCC organisation chart is available here.
The police and crime commissioner (PCC) must have a chief executive officer (CEO), and a chief financial officer (treasurer). These are statutory roles within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner - the CEO also acts as the monitoring officer and head of paid service.
The OPCC structure has permanent posts equating to 24.8 x FTE members of staff. This figure includes the statutory posts of CEO and treasurer, and up to 8 community engagement workers who are each employed for up to 250 hours per year.
Information relating to the pay and grading structure of the OPCC for the previous 6 months can be found here.
Office costs and added value
As a public sector organisation funded by the public purse, we have a statutory duty to publish the total staffing costs (and these are available under what we spend) and the salaries of certain individual senior members of staff.
These can be found here:
The office takes responsibilities towards equal opportunities seriously and conducts an annual census of monitoring data across all protected characteristics. Click here to download this report.
Arrangements for use of other organisation's staff providing assistance, administrative, professional or technical services
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 provides that the chief officer of police must exercise his/her power of direction and control of the police force, and civilian staff of the police force in such as way as is reasonable to assist the PCC to exercise his/her functions.
Also, the Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Act 1970 provides that local authorities can provide administrative, professional or technical services to the PCC.
You can find information about any arrangements that are in place under the above provisions here.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has access to specialist business support services e.g.legal, finance, procurement, HR, payroll and IT provided by the Devon and Cornwall and Dorset police.
The OPCC will from time to time seek secondments from the police and other partner agencies where individual pieces of work require specialist knowledge or support in line with business need.
South West Audit Partnership
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is a partner of the South West Audit Partnership (SWAP). SWAP provides an internal audit service to both the PCC and the chief constable (CC) in accordance with an annual audit plan agreed by the Independent Audit Committee.
South West Audit Partnership, who like all internal auditors in the public sector, work to national standards (Public Sector Internal Audit Standards - PSIAS), and are members of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). SWAP are independent of the OPCC and the Force.
Buildings and Estates
The Police and Crime Commissioner 'owns' all police property and land. The Estates Development function is under the direction and control of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and is delivered through the day to day tasking of the Buildings and Estates Department by the Head of Estates.
The Head of Estates and the staff within the Building and Estates Department are employed by the Police Force. The Head of Estates provides a professional service to both the Chief Constable and the PCC.
The scheme of delegations includes arrangements with staff under the direction and control of the Chief Constable.
In addition there is a memorandum of understanding between the chief financial officer (treasurer) of the OPCC and the chief financial officer of the police.