The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 underpins new governance and accountability arrangements for policing in Surrey, which include the formation of a police and crime panel.
The role of the Panel will be to examine the actions and decisions of Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner and to make sure information is available for the public so that they can hold their Commissioner to account.
The Panel is a committee of Surrey County Council, and consists of one elected councillor from each of Surrey's twelve local authorities and two co-opted independent members.
Please find the meeting information, agendas and the contact details for the Panel's support officer on the Surrey Police and Crime Panel committee webpage.
The Panel's Constitution sets out the Terms of Reference, Panel's Arrangements and Rules of Procedure.
Please see document at bottom of the page.
Panel's Annual Report
In accordance with best practice for scrutiny and transparency as noted in Schedule 3 - In-Year Monitoring Information Requirements of the Home Office Grant Agreement, an annual report by Police and Crime Panels is an important Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to be monitored and reported on.
The Surrey Police and Crime Panel first introduced its annual report in 2020 and will continue to produce one going forward highlighting its activity over the most recent year.
Please see the current and previous annual reports via the below links:
- Surrey Police and Crime Panel Annual Report 2019/20 (PDF).
- Surrey Police and Crime Panel Annual Report 2020/21 (PDF).
- Surrey Police and Crime Panel Annual Report 2021/22 (PDF).
- Surrey Police and Crime Panel Annual Report 2022/23 (PDF).
Public questions and procedural matters
The Surrey Police and Crime Panel will consider questions submitted by Members of the Council and members of the public who are electors of the Surrey County Council area, in line with the procedures set out in Surrey County Council's Constitution.
- (3.18 - Panel's Constitution) Written questions from the public can be submitted no later than seven days prior to the published date of the annual or any ordinary public meeting, for which the Commissioner will be invited to provide a written response by noon on the day before the meeting, which will be circulated to Panel members and the questioner.
- The number of public questions which can be asked at a meeting may not exceed six. Questions which are received after the first six will be held over to the following meeting or dealt with in writing at the Chairman's discretion.
- Questions will be taken in the order in which they are received.
- Questions will be asked and answered without discussion. The Chairman or Panel Members may decline to answer a question, provide a written reply or nominate another Member to answer the question.
- Following the initial reply, one supplementary question may be asked by the questioner. The Chairman or Panel Members may decline to answer a supplementary question.
All meetings of the Surrey Police and Crime Panel are broadcast live via the county council's webcasting system. The recordings remain available for six months after the meeting and can be accessed via our webcasts page.
Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner
Lisa Townsend, the Conservative candidate was elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey following elections on 6 May 2021. Lisa took over from David Munro who was the previous Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey (2016-21). The Commissioner is responsible for setting the strategic objectives for policing in the county.
This includes setting and updating a police and crime plan, setting the force budget and precept, and appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the Chief Constable. The Police and Crime Panel will play a key role in scrutinising decisions made by the Commissioner in connection to these responsibilities.
These new arrangements are designed to increase transparency of the delivery of policing services, and to give the public the ability to ensure their police are accountable. As such, the Chief Constable of Surrey Police is accountable to the Commissioner, and the Commissioner is accountable to the electorate.
Please see the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner website for more information.
Public meeting dated 29 June 2023
At its public meeting of 29 June 2023, the Panel elected Counsellor John Robini as Chairman and Independent Member Martin Sitwell as Vice-Chairman for the Council Year 2023 to 2024. The following new members were welcomed to the Panel: Counsellor Alex Coley, Counsellor Danielle Newson, Counsellor Nick Prescot, Counsellor Harry Boparai, Counsellor Richard Wilson, Counsellor Richard Smith.
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act (2011) places a duty on the Police and Crime Commissioner to produce an annual report. Panel members considered the draft Annual Report 2022/23 on 29 June 2023 and sent a letter with its recommendations to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey. The Commissioner accepted the majority of the Panel's recommendations.
Confirmation hearing 17 January 2023
At a confirmation hearing on 17 January 2023, Surrey Police and Crime Panel unanimously recommended the appointment of Tim de Meyer as Surrey Police's new Chief Constable. He is currently Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing at Thames Valley Police. Surrey's outgoing Chief Constable Gavin Stephens will leave in April to become Chair of the National Police Chief's Council.
Public meeting dated 4 February 2022
At its public meeting of 4 February 2022, the Panel reviewed the Surrey Police Group Budget for 2022 to 2023 and the Commissioner's proposed precept for 2022 to 2023. The Panel agreed the following recommendations:
- The Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Precept for a Band D property be increased by £10 to £295.57 in 2022 to 2023.
- The Police and Crime Commissioner should not increase the budget of her Office using funds which could instead be provided to Surrey Police, as the Panel is of the view that such funds would be better used to support the Force's operations.
Panel review meeting dated 24 November 2021
On 24 November 2021 the Panel reviewed the draft Police and Crime Plan for Surrey 2021 to 2025, which was published the following month on the OPCC's website.
Confirmation hearing dated 30 June 2021
- Following the Panel's Confirmation Hearing at its meeting on 30 June 2021 where the Panel recommended that the proposed appointment should not be appointed, having considered the Panel's recommendation and reasons, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey formally appointed Ellie Vesey-Thompson as the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey on 8 July 2021.
- The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act (2011) places a duty on the Police and Crime Commissioner to produce an annual report. Panel members considered the draft Annual Report 2020 to 2021 on 30 June 2021 and sent a letter with its comments to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey.
- The Panel elected Counsellor David Reeve as Chairman and Counsellor Bruce McDonald as Vice-Chairman for the Council Year 2021 to 2022.
- Lisa Townsend, the Conservative candidate was elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey following the elections on 6 May 2021.
Files available to download
Surrey Police and Crime Panel Constitution 2021 (PDF)
The Surrey Police and Crime Panel's Constitution sets out the Terms of Reference, Panel's Arrangements and Rules of Procedure.
Panel response to Police and Crime Commissioner’s Annual Report 2022 to 2023 (PDF)
Letter to the Police and Crime Commissioner, dated June 2023, from the Panel setting out its recommendations regarding the draft Annual Report 2022 to 2023.
Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner’s response to the Panel’s recommendations (PDF)
Letter of response from the Commissioner to the Panel regarding their recommendations concerning the Annual Report 2022 to 2023.