The PCC's Role

The overarching role of the PCC is to aim to cut crime and to deliver an effective and efficient police service in Dorset. This will be achieved by holding the Force to account on behalf of local people.

The PCC's Role

The PCC is supported in undertaking these duties by staff in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

A Police and Crime Panel has also been established with the principle role of providing a 'check and balance' to the role of the PCC and to support the Commissioner in the undertaking of his duties.

Local Roles and Responsibilities

One of PCC Martyn Underhill's first duties was to publish a Police and Crime Plan setting out the local priorities for his term of office. The first Police and Crime Plan of the PCC was published in March 2013. 

It is the PCC's role to agree the annual policing budget, including setting the policing precept element of the council tax. He is also required to publish an Annual Report, outlining his achievements and how he has carried out the functions, and the progress made in meeting the objectives in the Police and Crime Plan. 

A key role of the PCC will be to work closely with local partnerships and agencies to prevent and tackle crime and to promote community safety. In particular, there is a duty of mutual co-operation between the PCC, Community Safety Partnerships and local Criminal Justice agencies and a requirement for each to take account of the other's strategic priorities.

In undertaking his duties, Martyn will also be required to ensure that the views, priorities and concerns of local people, including the most vulnerable members of the community, are fully considered.

All PCCs are required to contribute towards tackling wider national and international threats, such as terrorism and serious and organised crime. The Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR) issued by the Home Secretary sets out the collective capabilities and capacity that police forces across England and Wales will be expected to have in place to protect the public from such cross boundary threats.

Locally, Martyn represents the public at the following meetings:

  • Joint Chair of the Joint Executive Board
  • Member of Dorset Criminal Justice Board
  • Joint Chair of Standards & Ethics Board
  • Joint Chair of Strategic Performance Board
  • Represented on the Confidence & Equality Board
  • Member of Alliance Executive Board

National Roles and Responsibilities 

Above and beyond his local responsibilities, Martyn represents the Independent Police and Crime Commissioners on a number of national meetings, as set out below:


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