The Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes, holds Hampshire Constabulary and, in particular, the chief constable to account on the public's behalf for the force's performance.

The Commissioner's job is to ensure the policing needs of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are met as effectively as possible, bringing our communities closer to us and to ensure we are providing a good service. The role of the Commissioner includes:

  • meeting with the public to listen to their views on policing
  • producing a police and crime plan which sets out local policing priorities
  • deciding how the budget will be spent appointing chief constables and dismissing them if needed.

The Commissioner does not tell the force how to police - legislation set out in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act continues to protect the operational independence of police by making it clear that chief constables retain direction and control of the force's officers and staff. The operations of the police will not be politicised; who is arrested and how investigations work will not become political decisions. For more information visit www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk.