Who we are and what we do
This section of the Information Hub provides details on the organisational structure of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), our location and contact information, and constitutional and governance information.
Structure of the OPCC
Our internal board/committee structure is set out in the Single Governance Policy for the OPCC and Dorset Police. In summary, there are three tiers to our internal meeting structure:
- Board – for strategic oversight and decision making. Some strategic boards are joint Force and OPCC meetings which are jointly chaired by a Chief Officer and the PCC; other Boards which focus solely on operational policing matters are Force led boards only.
- Group – for tactical and operational decision making
- Forum – for consultation
The OPCC also administers two joint Committees providing independent support and guidance on a number of Force and OPCC related matters:
- Joint Independent Audit Committee (JIAC) - reviewing matters relating to finance, audit and internal controls.
- Ethics and Appeals Sub-Committee - currently a sub-committee of JIAC reviewing matters relating to police ethics and integrity. Work is currently ongoing to enhance these arrangements and to develop a Joint Independent Ethics and Appeals Committee (JIEAC) on an equal footing to JIAC.
Members of these Committees are independent of both Dorset Police and the OPCC and have been recruited from members of the local community.
Information relating to the OPCC staff team, including the office staff structure, can be found here.
You can make contact with the OPCC in a number of different ways. Please click here to view some of the frequently asked questions we receive and to find the most appropriate means of contact for you.
About the PCC and OPCC
Martyn Underhill is the directly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for the county of Dorset, which includes the Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole and Dorset County Council local authority areas.
The PCC has a number of key statutory functions and responsibilities that are set out in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. In summary, these are:
- Ensuring that the views, priorities and concerns of local people, including the most vulnerable members of the community, are fully considered and inform the delivery of policing in Dorset
- Publishing a Police and Crime Plan that sets out local priorities for the period that he is in office
- Agreeing the annual policing budget, which includes setting the policing precept element of the council tax in Dorset Police
- Holding the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of local policing services in line with the Police and Crime Plan objectives
- Commissioning services locally that will contribute towards the Police and Crime Plan priorities and community safety in Dorset.
- Publishing an Annual Report outlining his achievements, how he has carried out his functions, and the progress made in meeting the Police and Crime Plan objectives
- Working closely with local partnerships and agencies to prevent and tackle wider community safety and criminal justice issues
- Ensuring that Dorset Police contribute to the national effort in tackling wider threats such as terrorism and serious organised crime.
Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) Scheme
Every Police and Crime Commissioner has a statutory duty to administer an Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) Scheme in their area to check on the welfare of individuals detained in police custody. To find out more about our ICV scheme click here.
The PCC, OPCC and Dorset Police cannot deliver the Police and Crime Plan objectives on their own. Effective working relationships with a number of partners locally, regionally and nationally are essential to keeping Dorset safe.
Find out more about these arrangements by visiting the Working in Partnership section of our website.