You probably arrived at this site either because you knew about it already or a search engine directed you here. Alas, our Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) information service is no longer available as this site is now taking a well earned rest.
On 15 September 2011 the Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act received Royal Assent, paving the way for the election of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for 41 of the 43 police force areas across England and Wales.
The period following the passing of the legislation was marked by a dearth of public information about the role of the PCC and the 2012 PCC elections. Indeed, it was to be many months before many of the prospective PCCs declared their candidature, still less their manifestos. Consequently, in early 2012 we decided to fill this vacuum by launching our free PCC news and information service - www.policecrimecommissioner.co.uk.
The site goes live
Immediately our site went live it exposed a huge latent public demand for information; in total we had over 1.8 million hits between the launch of the the site and the November 2102 PCC elections. This took us to the top of the Google ratings, where we remained throughout the following year. We also responded to a significant number of telephone and email enquiries from members of the public (many from older people) seeking information about the election and the propsective PCCs.
Our work here is done
In the 12 months following the elections our PCC website continued to be hugely popular. However, during that period a wide range of new online PCC resources and social media feeds became available (not least the official websites and Twitter accounts of the 41 elected PCCs). As a result we decided that our work here was done and that we should focus our energies on other exciting projects. So, on 15 November 2013 - the first anniversary of the PCC elections - we retired this website.
We believe that our PCC website provided an important service to the public and other stakeholders at a time when very little else was on offer. (Other people thought it was important too; at the time of the election our PCC website was added to the catalogue of the British Library!). We are very proud to have led the way in providing the public with vital information about the most significant change in policing governance in a generation.
We would like to offer a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has used our PCC website. In particular we would like to thank the Chief Executives and their staff in the forty-one 'Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioner’ across the country who have kept us supplied with up-to-date web links, photographs and other information. Your support was invaluable.
Meanwhile, back at One Team Policing it's BAU!
Finally, a word about One Team Policing. While we have ‘retired' our PCC website, at One Team Policing it’s business as usual. If you would like to know more about our work then do have a look at our One Team Policing website, which describes just some of the services that we provide in support of law enforcement, criminal justice and community safety.