Improving Public Accountability

PCCs are locally elected and accountable to the public and have the responsibility for holding Chief Constables to account for local policing on behalf of their communities. The APCC supports PCCs to provide effective scrutiny of police performance, to increase transparency in policing and in the criminal justice system and to improve the response to police complaints.

Our priorities for improving public accountability are:

  • To further develop the accountability and transparency of the role of PCCs and enable greater openness and accountability on police ethics and complaints.
  • To support PCCs to hold their Chief Constables to account for performance, ensuring the public has a voice in policing and that police forces are accountable to the communities they serve.




Leading our work on performance, including on national outcomes, crime statistics and force inspections.

Joint Lead: Matthew Barber, PCC Thames Valley

Joint Lead: Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor of London


Transparency & Integrity

Leading our work on reform of police complaints, ethics and transparency and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Lead: Giles Orpen-Smellie, PCC for Norfolk

Deputy: Alison Lowe, Deputy Mayor for West Yorkshire


Cat McIntyre - Head of Corporate Governance

Leads on Performance, Transparency & Integrity. 

Cat is responsible for the co-ordination, management and oversight of corporate governance arrangements across the APCC. 


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Resources and Publications

apcc-response-final-hasc-inquiry-police-complaints.pdf, 0.17Mb
apcc-response-iopc-chief-officer-complaints-and-accessibility.pdf, 0.16Mb
apcc-response-final-ho-guidance.pdf, 0.13Mb
apcc-response-final-police-and-crime-panel-guidance.pdf, 0.22Mb
apcc-response-final-hmicic-annual-assessment-of-policing.pdf, 0.19Mb
ethical-framework-mar-2014.pdf, 0.22Mb