Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, and were first elected on 17 November 2015. 40 of the 43 forces across England and Wales (excluding the Metropolitan Police, the City of London Police and Greater Manchester Police, where the Mayor acts as the Local Policing Body) currently have an elected Police and Crime Commissioner.
Nationally, Police and Crime Commissioners have a range of responsibilities. They are there to be the voice of the people, and to hold the police to account. On this page, you can find out more about the how these responsibilities relate to the work that we’re doing in Surrey.
For a more detailed information on PCC powers and responsibilities, please visit the Home Office website.
The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for employing the Chief Constable of Surrey Police – hiring them, assessing their performance and, if necessary, disciplining or dismissing them.
Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave
Nick was appointed Chief Constable in July 2016, having served as Temporary Chief Constable since December 2015. Joining Surrey Police from the Met in July 2013 as Deputy Chief Constable, Nick had overall responsibility for strategic and operational co-ordination, professional standards, change programmes and Force performance.
He joined the Met in 1990, having previously worked as a physicist in the NHS. He rose through the ranks, spending time in Special Branch, Custody and Town Centre Proactive Teams at Brixton as a Sergeant and, as a DI in Peckham, running robbery and burglary squads. As an SIO he worked on the South London Murder Squad and received a Judge’s Commendation for his role as Senior Investigating Officer in charge of the successful re-investigation of the murder of Damilola Taylor.
His roles have also included setting up a guns and gangs unit in Southwark, Crime Commander for Notting Hill Carnival over several years and Staff Officer to the Commissioner Lord Ian Blair. He was also responsible for designing and implementing the National Counter Terrorism Co-ordination Centre at New Scotland Yard and was Borough Commander for Lambeth before his promotion to Commander in Territorial Policing where he has led on Criminal Justice, Custody and Crime Policy for the MPS.
A summary of the Chief Constable’s terms and conditions are available here.
For more information about the Chief Officer Team of Surrey Police, click here.
The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for agreeing the budget for Surrey Police and overseeing how it is spent. As well as receiving funding from Government grants, the Commissioner is also responsible for setting the amount of money you will pay for policing as part of your annual council tax bill.
Police funding and the financial arrangements for public bodies are by their nature complicated subjects and the Commissioner has a wide range of responsibilities in terms of how it sets the budget, monitors spending, maximises value for money and reports its financial performance.
To access the more detailed reports and documents relating to the financial responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, please click here.
Members of the public are entitled to inspect the accounts of the PCC and Chief Constable. To find out more about public inspection of accounts for the year ended 31st March 2018 – please click here
To view the Reserves Strategy Statement 2018 – click here: reserves
The Police and Crime Commissioner holds the Chief Constable to account by monitoring performance in all of the key areas of Surrey Police’s work. This includes:
- Crime Levels
- Resolution of crimes
- Response times
- Tackling organised criminal groups
- Public confidence and satisfaction in the Police
- Call handling and other contact with the public
- Preparedness for emergencies
- Professional standards and complaints against the Police
He does so at regular management meetings, which are webcast for the public to view. Watch the most recent management meeting here.
Scheme of Governance:
The Scheme of Governance comprises a number of different elements which, when taken together, give clarity to the way the PCC and Chief Constable intend to govern Surrey Police. The arrangements set out in the Scheme are intended to ensure business is conducted in the right way, for the right reasons and at the right time and to make sure that public money is safeguarded, properly accounted for and used economically and efficiently. The Scheme comprises:
Surrey Code of Corporate Governance: This describes how the PCC and Chief Constable achieve the core principles of ‘good governance’.
Framework of Decision-Making and Accountability: This describes how the PCC will make/publish key decisions and fulfil his/her responsibilities to hold the Chief Constable to account. It also sets out the role of the Audit Committee.
Surrey-Sussex PCC Scheme of Delegation: This sets out the key roles of the PCC/Chief Constable and those functions they delegate to others.
Memorandum of Understanding and Schedule: The MOU describes how the PCC and Chief Constable will work together and ensure sufficient support in areas such as estates management, procurement, finance, HR, communications and corporate development.
Financial Regulations: These set out the framework for managing the PCC’s financial affairs.
Contract Standing Orders: These describe the rules for the procurement of goods, works and services. Contracts are issued in the name of the PCC and the Chief Constable operates within the parameters of Contract Standing Orders.
Review of the Scheme
A review of the Scheme in its entirety has recently taken place (2017/18), in consultation with the Joint Audit Committee and colleagues in Sussex Police/OPCC. The changes that have been made have been primarily about clarification to the existing text and do not result in any material change to the principles on which the original documents were based.
Surrey Police & Crime Commisisoner, and Surrey Police Joint Audit Committee Members
Under the current governance arrangements for policing, Surrey Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner require a Joint Audit Committee to provide independent and effective assurance about the adequacy of financial management and reporting. The Committee will help to raise the profile of internal control, risk management and financial reporting issues within Surrey Police and provide a forum for discussion with internal and external auditors.
Please click here to view the Committee’s Terms of Reference.
To view the agendas, minutes and papers for the Joint Audit Committee, visit our meetings and agendas page (or for the first PCC’s term of office, visit our archive).
The Committee comprises six independent members.
Paul Rees – Chairman of the Audit Committee
Paul recently retired from a thirty year career as an audit partner for PwC where he worked worldwide, providing support and advice to a range of organisations on financial and commercial issues. Paul has considerable experience of audit and accounting issues as well as expertise in risk management and controls, having led many major audit and internal assignments. His background has seen him work in areas of restructuring, out-sourcing and joint ventures. In recent times, Paul has taken on the chairmanship of a number of other audit committees in the public and voluntary sectors, giving him a breadth of perspectives to bring to his new role on this committee. Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Click here to view Paul’s notification of disclosable interests.
Andrew is currently head of internal audit for Allianz Insurance in Guildford where he leads the internal audit department in providing a service across the Allianz holdings plc group. Andrew is a professional internal auditor and risk manager who brings a thorough knowledge and experience of effective governance, internal control and risk management. Click here to view Andrew’s notification of disclosable interests.
Christopher recently retired from his role as Head of Audit for the London Borough of Merton and has a background in local authority audit and finance. He is very familiar with the requirements placed on local authorities and other similar bodies and has a sound knowledge of the frameworks of internal control, good governance and the importance of integrity and transparency. Click here to view Christopher’s notification of disclosable interests.
Paul has nearly 40 years of international experience working for blue chip companies including BOC, AMEC, KBR and AEA. For most of the last 20 years he has held board level positions and has had responsibility for leading major transformation programmes in the public and private sectors. In the last 12 years, Paul has obtained important public sector roles including Operations Director for the Forensic Science Service and Chief Operating Officer for the Office for Nuclear Regulation. Paul is currently senior advisor to a number of organisations and brings a wide range of operational and transformation management experiences to the committee with a particular interest in performance management and people development. Paul is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer. Click here to view Paul’s notification of disclosable interests.
Graham is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience within IT and Financial Services, holding European and global Finance Director roles. During his career he has gained extensive expertise in setting business strategy, managing operational delivery, audit & governance processes, commercial & financial management, performance measurement, IT, outsourcing and business process transformation. Graham has been a Partner and the Finance Director of TORI Global, an IT consultancy and solutions company, since its start-up in 2002 and is now a Non-Executive Director responsible for Governance, Legal and Risk. Click here to view Graham’s notification of disclosable interests.
Paul began his career with PWC and has more than 35 years of experience working in finance, planning and strategy teams with multi-national businesses in the oil and gas industry and in international banking. He has spent significant periods in senior operational finance roles on major oil construction projects and in oil and gas production operations both in the UK and overseas. In the last 15 years Paul has worked on financial planning and business strategy for European and Middle East based businesses in international banking. Paul brings a wide range of financial management, planning and governance experience to the committee. Click here to view Paul’s notification of disclosable interests.
The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) in Surrey is committed to the highest possible standards of honesty and openness, probity and accountability. The OPCC seeks to conduct its business in a responsible manner, ensuring that all its activities are open and effectively managed and that its integrity is sustained. It expects the same standards from the Force it oversees. In line with that commitment, the OPCC encourages any of its staff- and indeed the Force’s personnel – who have concerns about any aspect of the Force or OPCC’s work to come forward and voice those concerns. The OPCC ensures that policies are in place to enable people to expose wrong-doing or misconduct and support and protect those who do so.
Surrey Police’s recently updated Whistleblowing and Financial Irregularities Procedure (available on the Force intranet) applies to all employees within the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner. If someone from another organisation (Third Party) seeks to make a disclosure, as they are not an OPCC employee, the PCC cannot offer protection and it is suggested that they follow their own organisation’s policy. The OPCC will, however, be willing to listen if for whatever reason a third party feels unable to raise a relevant issue through an external source. Please contact the Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer for the OPCC.
Each year the Police and Crime Commissioner publishes an Annual Report which reviews the progress made against the priorities in his Police and Crime Plan. To view the Annual Report for 2017/18 – please click here