New crime commissioner plan and precept to be assessed

The new Suffolk Police and Crime Panel will review the draft Police and Crime Plan later today.

It will also assess the budget precept, which was proposed by the police and crime commissioner (PCC), Tim Passmore.

The public meeting, which will be held at Suffolk County Council’s headquarters in Ipswich, will be an opportunity for the panel to scrutinise and comment on the draft plan, and on the proposed level of budget precept for the coming year.

At the meeting, the panel will also have an opportunity to look at the PCC’s decision-making and accountability arrangements.

This will be the first meeting of the panel since the election of the

PCC last November.

The panel has the role of scrutinising the performance of the PCC, and will challenge and support the PCC’s activities over a range of policy areas.

Chairman of the panel, councillor Patricia O’Brien, said: “The Panel plays an important scrutiny committee role, challenging and supporting the PCC and acting as a ‘critical ‘friend’, as he grapples with the many issues and opportunities facing policing and crime reduction in Suffolk.”

The 13 members of the Suffolk panel comprises councillors from across Suffolk, plus two independent co-opted members.

Further information about the panel and its meetings can be found on the county council website:

Alternatively you can contact Suffolk County Council Committee Services, on 01473