Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld, took up his role on 22 November 2012, replacing Thames Valley Police Authority.
The PCC's aim is to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within the Force area. He is responsible for appointing the Chief Constable and can call upon them to resign or retire.
The PCC is also responsible for setting the policing budget and level of council tax, and for 'working in partnership' across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.
The PCC must not interfere with the operational independence of police officers. The role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account.