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.
As at December 2018, the OPCC anticipates that it will have 18 members of staff, all of whom are permanent. This figure does not include the Staff Officer who is seconded to OPCC from the Force and equates to 14.4 full time equivalent members of staff. The permanent staff figure does not include posts seconded into OPCC.
Information relating to the OPCC salary structure can be found here.
The PCC has agreed to a development opportunity for a temporary 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.
Of the 15 members of staff as at 3 September 2018:
- five are male, and ten are female;
- one is from a minority ethnic background; and
- none have a disability within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010.
There are two statutory roles that a Police and Crime Commissioner must have a Chief Executive (incorporating Monitoring Officer and Head of Paid Service) and a Chief Financial Officer (Treasurer – Section 151 Officer).