About the Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire is Jason Ablewhite.
Police and Crime Commissioners have responsibility for delivering an efficient and effective police service in their area. Commissioners set police and crime objectives, the police budget and issue crime and disorder reduction grants through the Police and Crime Plan. Commissioners also hold the police to account, making them answerable to the public.
A Commissioner’s role is to support and, when necessary, challenge the Chief Constable. They must also work with local agencies such as local authorities, health, the Probation Trust, fire and rescue service and the criminal justice system, to ensure there is a joined-up approach to preventing and reducing crime.
The Commissioner is ultimately held to account for performance by you, the public, every four years through the ballot box. However, a Police and Crime Panel, made up of representatives from each of the city, county and district councils along with two independent members, also considers in public how the Commissioner delivers their functions. The Panel provides checks and balances in relation to the performance of the Commissioner. The Panel scrutinises the Commissioner’s exercise of their statutory functions. The Panel does not scrutinise the Chief Constable.