About your Commissioner
Lisa Townsend is your Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey. Lisa is also the National Lead on Mental health and Custody for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s (APCC).
PCCs were introduced in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, and were first elected in 2012. 40 of the 43 forces across England and Wales currently have an elected Police and Crime Commissioner (excluding the Metropolitan Police, the City of London Police and Greater Manchester Police, where the Mayor acts as the Local Policing Body) .
PCCs have a range of responsibilities. They are there to be the voice of the people, and to hold the police to account.
Lisa is supported in her role by Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ellie Vesey-Thompson. Ellie is responsible for leading the Commissioner’s focus on the safety of children and young people in Surrey. She shares Lisa’s passion for reducing violence against women and girls.
Code of Conduct and Disclosable Interests
The PCC has signed up to a Code of Conduct, and the Committee on Standards in Public Life ‘Ethical Checklist’. The Code of Conduct has also been signed by the Deputy Commissioner.
See the Commissioner’s disclosable interests here. You can also view the disclosable interests of the Deputy Commissioner and the Chief Executive Officer.
Salary and expenses
The salaries of Police and Crime Commissioners are decided on a national basis and vary depending on the size of the force area they represent. The Commissioner in Surrey receives a salary of £71,400 pa.
Click here to view the PCC’s expenses scheme for 2020/21 or see our Allowance Schemes here.
The Deputy Commissioner receives a salary of £53, 550 pa. View the Deputy Commissioner’s expenses for 2022 here.
Police and Crime Plan for Surrey
A key responsibility of the Police and Crime Commissioner is to set the Police and Crime Plan in line with public priorities. The Police and Crime Plan outlines the areas that Surrey Police will focus on, and the key areas of performance that will be monitored in regular Performance Meetings with the Chief Constable and senior officers between 2021-2025.
The priorities outlines in the Police and Crime Plan for Surrey are:
- Reducing violence against Women and Girls
- Protecting people from harm in Surrey
- Working with Surrey communities so that they feel safe
- Strengthening relationships between Surrey Police and Surrey residents
- Ensuring safer Surrey roads
Find out more and read the Plan on our Police and Crime Plan page.
Employing the Chief Constable
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 Gavin Stephens brings a wealth of experience from over 20 years within Surrey Police, serving in every rank up to the role of Chief Constable. His background and passion for policing Surrey means he is ideal for this role, leading on performance and change to keep Surrey safe.
Monitoring Surrey Police Performance
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 in achieved through regular private and public meetings with the Chief Constable, and ongoing monitoring of performance indicators including;
- 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
Learn more about Surrey Police performance on our ‘Performance’ page.
Managing Surrey Police Finances
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.
Visit our ‘Surrey Police Finances’ page here.
Funding Local Services
The majority of the budget for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is used to fund local services and organisations to help achieve the priorities identified in the Police and Crime Plan.
The PCC formally commissions support for Surrey focussed activites in four funding areas:
- Reducing Reoffending
- Children and Young People
Examples of funding from the PCC’s Office includes but is not limited to:
- Advice and support, emergency accommodation and specialist counselling for survivors of domestic abuse
- Accommodation, training and specialist support for individuals affected by multiple disadvantage, including homelessness, substance misuse or ill mental health
- Dedicated services and support for individuals affected by persistent anti-social behaviour
- Work with young people to recognise the signs of crime, make safe choices and feel confident to report crime to the police
Find out more about PCC commissioning on our ‘Funding Hub’ pages.
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.
You can see the documents included in the Scheme of Governance on our Scheme of Governance page.