The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) is a company limited by guarantee providing a range of services to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), including:
- information on national policing policy and legislation;
- support on the development of PCC policy, and to influence national policy decisions;
- facilitation of PCC’s membership of national governance structures, including the College of Policing, the National Crime Agency, the Police ICT Company and other national police bodies;
- assistance in helping PCCs collaborate to share practice, procure services and identify ways to achieve efficiencies by working together.
All 41 PCCs are members of the APCC, as are the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (overseeing the Metropolitan Police), and the governing bodies that oversee:
- the British Transport Police;
- the Civil Nuclear Constabulary;
- the Ministry of Defence Police;
- the City of London Police.
The APCC’s activities are overseen and directed by a chairman and board of directors. As at 23rd April 2015, the board consists of:
- Nick Alston (Essex PCC and Chairman of the APCC);
- Vera Baird (Northumbria PCC);
- Ron Ball (Warwickshire PCC);
- Cllr Simon Duckworth (member of the City of London’s Police Committee);
- Ian Johnston (Gwent PCC);
- Tony Lloyd (Greater Manchester PCC);
- Julia Mulligan (North Yorkshire PCC).
The APCC was incorporated on 25th August 2004 as the Association of Police Authorities (APA). It changed its name in the lead-up to the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners in November 2012. The Home Office commissioned the APCC to “represent PCCs’ views to the Home Office… between November 2012 and March 2013” [link], with PCCs agreeing early in 2013 that the APCC would take on its current role.