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 October 2023, the OPCC has 20 members of staff, of which 15 are full-time. 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.
Of the 20 members of staff:
- sixteen are female, and four are male;
- one self defines as Asian with other background; and nineteen self define as White
- seven have a disability and/or long term illness within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010
- this currently one vacant role
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).