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Northumbria Police and Crime Panel

The five Tyne and Wear Councils and Northumberland County Council have established the Northumbria Police and Crime Panel as required by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. The Panel scrutinises the performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and also promotes openness in the delivery of police services throughout Northumbria.

The Panel's powers and responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing the draft Police and Crime Plan
  • Publicly scrutinising the PCC's annual report
  • Reviewing and scrutinising decisions and actions of the PCC
  • Reviewing and vetoing the PCC's proposed precept levels
  • Reviewing and confirming the PCC's proposed appointments of Chief Constable, Chief Executive, Chief Finance Officer, and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

Membership of the Panel

The Panel consists of the following members:

  • Gateshead Council - Councillors Angela Douglas (Chair) and Sonya Hawkins
  • Newcastle City Council - Councillors Claire Penny-Evans and Kyle Webster
  • North Tyneside Council - Councillors Tommy Mulvenna and Janice Mole
  • Northumberland County Council - Councillors Mark Swinburn and John Riddle
  • South Tyneside Council - Councillors Alison Strike and Joyce Welsh
  • Sunderland City Council - Councillor Doris MacKnight and Michael Mordey (Vice Chair)
  • Independent Members - Mrs Janet Guy (1 vacancy)

The Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner has a statutory duty and electoral mandate to hold the police to account on behalf of the public and receives all income related to policing and crime reduction. The PCC exercises a number of functions under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. These include:

  • Maintaining an efficient and effective Police Force.
  • Setting the strategic direction and objectives of the force in a Police and Crime Plan.
  • Holding the Chief Constable to account for police performance.
  • Setting the policing precept.
  • Deciding the force budget allocating assets and funds to the Chief Constable.
  • Appointing the Chief Constable.

Terms of Reference, procedure rules and panel arrangements 

Icon for word Terms of Reference [29KB]

Icon for word Procedure Rules [69KB]

Icon for word Panel Arrangements [57KB]

Schedule of Meetings

Tuesday 9 June 2020 at 2pm

Tuesday 11 August 2020 at 2pm

Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 2pm

Tuesday 2 February 2021 at 2pm

Tuesday 16 March 2021 at 2pm


Panel agendas and papers

Agendas and papers for Panel Meetings

Panel reports to the PCC

Icon for pdf Appointment of the Chief Constable [124.15KB]Appointment of the Chief Constable

Icon for pdf Police-and-Crime-Plan-2013-18 [21.64KB]Police and Crime Plan 2013-2018

Icon for word Police and Crime Plan 2017-21 [149KB]Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021

Icon for word Annual Report 2017-18 [146.5KB]Annual Report 2016-2017

Icon for word Annual Report 2017-18 [146.5KB]Annual Report 2017-2018


Icon for word Precept 2018-19 [136KB]Precept 2018-2019

Icon for word Precept 2019-20 [136KB]Precept 2019-2020

Panel Funding

Icon for pdf Panel Funding [9.38KB] Panel Funding

Further information on the Panel can be obtained by phoning 0191 433 2128 or emailing

Further information about the Police and Crime Commissioner can be found on the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner website.

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