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Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 has introduced significant changes in police governance and accountability. The Act replaces the former Police Authorities with a directly elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for each Police area and also requires the establishment of a Police and Crime Panel (PCP) for each Police area whose role is to scrutinise and hold the Commissioner to account as a ‘critical friend’.

The following pages provide information about:

Panel Reports and Recommendations to the Commissioner

Panel press releases

1. Panel meets PCC for the first time 6 Dec 12

2. Panel's support for Deputy PCC's appointment 21 Dec 12.pdf

3. Panel's support for Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan 8 Feb 13.pdf

4. Confirmation Hearing with proposed new Chief Constable 28 May 13.pdf

5. Panel's support for Chief Constable's appointment 7 Jun 13.pdf

6. PCC Panel statement 14 Jan 14.pdf

7. Panel's Review of the Estates Strategy of Bedfordshire Police.pdf

8. Panel's Budget Consultation Response 12 Jan 15

9. Panel's response to Commissioner's Budget Plan 2015-16

10. Panel's support for Chief Constable's appointment 15 Sep 15

11.Panel's support for Deputy PCC's appointment 5 Nov 15

12. Panel approves Council Tax Rise to Protect Policing Feb 16

13. Press release HMIC Report - 3 March 2017

14. Press release Confirmation of the appointment of Chief of Staff - 13 March 2018

Complaint Handling

The Police and Crime Panel has a responsibility to informally resolve non-criminal complaints about the conduct of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner as well as criminal complaints or conduct  matters that are referred back to it by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The Complaints Process

The Panel has agreed that all complaints about the conduct of the Police and Crime Commissioner or his Deputy will initially be dealt with by Bedford Borough Council’s Monitoring Officer (who is also the Panel’s Monitoring Officer).  Further information about how complaints will be dealt with is set out in the Panel’s Complaints Procedure.

Complaints about the conduct of the Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner should be submitted via this website by completing the online form. An acknowledgement with details of the complaint will be sent via e-mail.

Alternatively a copy of the form can be downloaded for manual completion. It should be submitted to:

The Monitoring Officer

Bedford Borough Council

Borough Hall

Cauldwell St


MK42 9AP

Tel: 01234 267422


General Enquiries

Please contact Panel Support on or telephone 01234 228256