The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner supports the Commissioner in achieving the priorities set out in the Police & Crime Plan and assists the Commissioner to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of policing services.

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire currently has a staffing establishment of 10.8 full time equivalent staff. These are permanent staff who form the ‘civil service’ and will provide core support to the Commissioner. They are not political appointees and are politically restricted employees. Further information about senior staff members can be found in their profiles. A copy of the staff structure can be found below.

The Chief Constable also provides a range of professional, transactional, support and administrative services reasonably required by the Commissioner or staff within the OPCC on the Commissioner's behalf. Further details can be found within the Memorandum of Understanding on the provision of support services.

Job purpose

To work with the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner (DPCC) to ensure the delivery of the vision, strategy and priorities of the Police & Crime Plan.

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  • The Chief of Staff will carry out duties of the Chief Executive in accordance with the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011; including the statutory roles of the Head of the Paid Service; and the Monitoring Officer as required in the appropriate legislation.
  • To provide high level strategic advice to the Commissioner supporting the PCC in the development and delivery of longer term visions and strategies, working collaborative with partners and stakeholders and with due consideration of regulatory requirements.
  • To contribute to the effective delivery of the priorities identified in the Police & Crime Plan.
  • To be the strategic lead in the development of effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including the Local Strategic Partnerships, Community Safety Partnerships, local authorities, the voluntary sector and the criminal justice agencies to ensure the delivery of policing and community safety programmes that meet the objectives of all partners.
  • Provide a proactive strategic policy function including the early identification of key issues effecting policing through appropriate environmental scanning processes which ensure the PCC is fully sighted on the potential impacts of new legislations and policies which will assist in the delivery of longer term visions and strategies. 
  • To ensure that the PCC is fully supported through the effective delivery of a tasking and briefing service, providing all relevant information, taking account of the security level of any such information, to ensure that the PCC is fully briefed and up to date with any arising issues, activities and high profile incidents. 
  • To ensure the Force Control Strategy and Strategic Assessment reflect the priorities of the Commissioner as well as national and local priorities, providing advice, influence and challenge to ensure the Force’s view of strategic assessment is informed by the OPCC.
  • To ensure that the OPCC performs its equality and diversity duties and responsibilities. 
  • To represent the Commissioner at high level meetings with the Home Office, HMIC, Association of Police & Crime Commissioners, LGA and other outside bodies at a local, regional and national level as required, ensuring the OPCC leads and contributes to the national consideration of issues concerning policing and the reduction of the crime.
  • Deliver, review and improve performance against the OPCC strategy in relation to communication, consultation and engagement, ensuring effective two way engagement and consultation with all sections of the community.

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The fulfilment of all statutory obligations of the Chief Finance Officer in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner as set out in paragraph 6 of Schedule 1 to the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and Sections 113 and 114 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, and as prescribed by the Home Office Financial Management Code of Practice and other relevant legislative provisions.

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  • Act as the professional lead officer to the Commissioner on all financial matters; financial propriety; and the financial aspects of corporate governance. Ensure the financial affairs of the Commissioner are properly administered and that financial regulations are observed and updated.
  • Ensure regularity, propriety and value for money (VFM) in the use of public funds and in particular advise the Commissioner of the application of VFM principles by the Constabulary to support them in holding the Chief Constable to account. 
  • Work with the Commissioner to develop an ambitious strategic financial strategy and ensure that the requisite funding is available from the Government, precept, other contributions and recharges, to discharge the Chief Finance Officer’s statutory responsibility for the police fund. 
  • Act as the Commissioner’s professional lead officer on budgetary matters, including the robustness of the budget and adequacy of financial reserves. 
  • Arrange for the determination, issue and transfer of the precept.
  • Ensure that accurate, complete and timely financial management information is provided to the Commissioner.
  • Advise on the safeguarding of assets, including risk management and insurance.
  • Ensure the production of the statement of accounts of the Commissioner, ensure receipt and scrutiny of the statement of accounts of the Chief Constable and ensure production of the group accounts. 
  • Report to the Commissioner, the Police and Crime Panel and the external auditor (as appropriate) any unlawful or potentially unlawful expenditure by the Commissioner or his officers or when expenditure is likely to exceed resources.
  • Ensure the provision of efficient and effective audit services and liaise with both internal and external auditors in reporting to the Audit Committee.
  • Secure effective treasury management, including loans and investments and report annual policy and performance to the Commissioner. 
  • Ensure the finance function is fit for purpose. 
  • Promote, develop and sustain effective working relationships at a local, regional and national level, particularly the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Chief Executive, the Chief Constable and senior officers of the Constabulary, Her Majesty’s Treasury, the Home Office, HMIC and the National Audit Office.
  • Work with the Commissioner and where applicable other forces, to help the Commissioner deliver their manifesto and develop new strategies to address the funding gap.
  • Represent the Commissioner’s financial interests on all relevant projects and groups.
  • Work with the Chief Constable’s Chief Finance Officer in a mutually supportive way to facilitate the execution of their duties.

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Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of commissioning strategy, policy and procedures to ensure commissioned services meet the needs of the community and support the delivery of the Police and Crime plan.

Act as SME of Commissioned Services on behalf of the OPCC.

Main responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of the commissioning strategy to support the delivery of Police and Crime plan, developing a comprehensive Commissioning Framework to support the achievement these priorities.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the commissioning policies and processes to support the delivery of strategies and priorities ensuring compliance with commissioning best practices and legal requirements.
  • Determine research to be commissioned based on an in depth understanding of national and local initiatives, to ensure evidence based commissioning. Communicating research findings for incorporation into the Police and Crime plan.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with commissioning and research bodies to ensure commissioned services meet the needs of Cheshire communities based on local and national developments and offers efficient use of resources.
  • Responsible for the commissioning and procurement of research services to support the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.
  • Work alongside the Head of Policy and Partnerships to identify the priorities and needs of Cheshire communities across a range of complex issues through the development and completion of needs analysis tools and processes.
  • Evaluate tenders and bids for commissioned services providing evidence based recommendations.
  • Act on the OPCC’s behalf to drive efficiency and effectiveness of contracts though a performance management framework, investigating and identifying areas of under-performance or breach of agreements, reporting through the appropriate governance framework corrective action to ensure value.
  • Design and develop service level agreements as part of the procurement process.
  • Identify and facilitate opportunities for partnership working to deliver a good service to the communities of Cheshire that offers value for money.
  • Provide clear and transparent communication regarding the delivery of service to the public and stakeholders.
  • Attend meeting on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner regarding the commissioning of services to ensure decisions made are in compliance with the commissioning framework and policy and actions taken by the OPCC are appropriately communicated.

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To provide operational and administrative support to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to facilitate the delivery of an effective and efficient service.

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  • Provide support to the functional leads of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner identifying areas for improvement.
  • Maintain an awareness of the activities across the Officer of the Police and Crime Commissioner anticipating demand, highlighting risks and providing timely support to the short and long term objectives.
  • Support the management and coordination of administrative work within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, including; preparation of agenda, minute and note taking, action planning and diary management.
  • Collate relevant information and produce briefings and short reports for relevant OPCC staff in advance of meetings and visits.
  • As directed by Staff of the Office of the Police and Crime commissioner undertake research and make recommendations to support the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.
  • Act as the initial point of contact for the OPCC to customers, partners, commissioned services and the constabulary. Providing advice where possible or direct the enquiry to the appropriate member of staff.
  • Collate and present performance information to support the monitoring of services and the reporting requirements of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Maintain and develop systems to record information to support the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in reporting, monitoring and responding to queries.