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OPCC Structure

In order for the PCC to be able to successfully undertake his duties he is supported by a 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 March 2024, the OPCC has 22 members of staff, of which 17 are full-time. These figures include the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Find out more about the OPCC salary structure here.


Office Demographics

Of the 22 members of staff they self define as:

  • eighteen are female, and four are male;
  • one self defines as Asian with other background; and twenty one self define as White
  • seven have a disability and/or long term illness 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 the Monitoring Officer and Head of Paid Service functions) and a Chief Financial Officer (or Treasurer, incorporating the Section 151 Officer function).



All elected Police and Crime Commissioners have been required to swear an oath of office in order to be able to take up their duties. 

The Dorset PCC  was sworn into office on Saturday 4 May 2024.

View the oath of office here.

The wording of the oath is as follows:

"I do hereby declare that I accept the office of Police and Crime Commissioner for the Dorset Police Area.

In making this declaration, I solemnly and sincerely promise that during my term of office:

I will serve all the people of Dorset in the office of Police and Crime Commissioner.

I will act with integrity and diligence in my role and, to the best of my ability, will execute the duties of my office to ensure that the police are able to cut crime and protect the public.

I will give a voice to the public, especially victims of crime, and work with other services to ensure the safety of the community and effective criminal justice.

I will take all steps within my power to ensure transparency of my decisions, so that I may be properly held to account by the public.

I will not interfere with the operational independence of police officers."




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