Register of complaints against the PCC
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 created a number of provisions which change the way that police complaints are handled and processed.
Issues relating to election expenses for the 2015 General Election have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as a ‘serious conduct matter’ not a ‘complaint’. An update on that matter is set out below.
- On 13th May the OPCC CEO, on delegated authority from the Police and Crime Panel referred the Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, to the IPCC with regard to allegations concerning election expenses for the 2015 General Election.
- 48 items of correspondence had been received by the OPCC about the Commissioner’s position given the allegations relating to the 2015 General Election. The vast majority of these were sent within the first week.
- On 27th May 2016 the Commissioner attended an extraordinary meeting of the Police and Crime Panel for members to consider the discharge of the functions of the Police and Crime Commissioner under Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel Rules of Procedure. At that meeting the Panel unanimously concluded that the Commissioner was able to discharge her functions.
- In May 2017 the Crown Prosecution Service decided that no further action would be taken against Alison Hernandez
Referrals to the Independent Police Complaints Commission
The police and crime panel must refer the following to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC):
- all recorded conduct matters;
- all serious complaints (i.e. a complaint which constitutes or involves, or appears to constitute or involve, the commission of a criminal offence); and,
- any serious complaint or conduct matter where the IPCC has notified the panel that it requires the matter to be referred.
The chairman of the Police and Crime Panel (PCP) has requested that the chief executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) undertakes initial handling and recording of complaints against the PCC.