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OPCC Structure

In order for the PCC to be able to successfully undertake his duties he is supported by a small team of staff known as the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).


The OPCC provides support in a number of areas including strategic planning, priority setting, budget and financial decision making, commissioning and partnerships, performance monitoring, governance and scrutiny, consultation and engagement, media and general administrative duties.

OPCC Staff

As at November 2020, the OPCC has 17 members of staff, or 16.2 full-time equivalents. These figures include the Police and Crime Commissioner, but do not include the Staff Officer who is seconded to OPCC from the Force. 

Find out more about the OPCC salary structure here.

The PCC has agreed for an Inspector from Dorset Police to perform the duties of a Staff Officer supporting the PCC. The staff officer role is at no cost to the Dorset OPCC budget.  

Office Demographics

Of the 17 members of staff:

  • eight are male, and nine are female;
  • one is from a minority ethnic background; and
  • two have a disability within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010
  • there are two vacant roles

Statutory Roles

There are two statutory roles that a Police and Crime Commissioner must have a Chief Executive (incorporating the Monitoring Officer and Head of Paid Service functions) and a Chief Financial Officer (or Treasurer, incorporating the Section 151 Officer function).


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