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, press and media and general administrative duties.

OPCC Staff

The OPCC has 17 members of staff, 15 of whom are permanent. This permanent staff figure does not include temporary posts, modern apprentice posts or posts seconded into OPCC. 

The OPCC structure of 16 permanent posts equates to 15.2 full-time equivalent members of staff.  

Information relating to the OPCC salary structure can be found here.

The PCC has agreed to a development opportunity for a modern apprentice, and 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.  

Office Demographics

Of the 17 members of staff:

  • six are male, and 11 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.

Statutory Roles

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).

What areas do the team work across?

The graphic below gives you an idea of the breadth of work the team delivers. The work covers the four key areas of Partnerships & Resources, Programme & Project Delivery, Executive Support & Governance and Communications & Engagement.

OPCC Areas of Work

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