Police, Fire & Crime Panel

The Police, Fire and Crime Panel (PFCP) holds the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to account and is a body made up of local elected councillors and independent members with the responsibility to scrutinise and support the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The PFCP is not a local government committee, however it is obliged to meet in public, to publish agendas and minutes, and to fulfil the following responsibilities:

  • To consider the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan, and Fire & Rescue Plan – documents setting out the PFCC’s priorities for a three year period, and how those priorities will be delivered.
  • To consider the draft policing and fire & rescue budgets and draft policing and fire & rescue precepts. The precepts are the amounts of money that the PFCC proposes to levy on council taxpayers for Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue. The budget will set out how both the money raised from the precept will be spent, and also how other funds will be spent for which the PFCC has overall responsibility.
  • To consider the PFCC’s annual report, setting out their activities in the previous year.
  • To carry out hearings when the PFCC proposes to appoint a new chief constable, a deputy PFCC, a chief of staff, chief executive or a chief finance officer.
  • To work to resolve (but not investigate) non-criminal complaints made about the PFCC.


The panel is made up of councillors drawn from each of the local authorities in Northamptonshire according to a set allocation of places, and two independent co-opted members drawn from the local community. The current membership is as follows:

North Northamptonshire Council

  • Councillor Gill Mercer
  • Russell Roberts
  • Dorothy Maxwell
  • Jon-Paul Carr
  • Zoe McGhee

West Northamptonshire Council

  • Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage
  • Councillor Fiona Baker
  • Councillor Ken Pritchard
  • Councillor David Smith
  • Councillor Winston Strachan

Independent Co-opted Members

  • Mrs Anita Shields
  • Miss Pauline Woodhouse


Meetings take place at 1pm and the dates currently scheduled to take place are as follows:

  • 7 Sep 2023 1.00 pm
  • 30 Nov 2023 1.00 pm
  • 6 Feb 2024 1.00 pm
  • 20 Feb 2024 1.00 pm – Reserve Meeting
  • 14 Mar 2024 1.00 pm

Agenda items

The agenda papers for meetings are published five working days in advance. You can download them from the West Northamptonshire Unitary Council’s website.

For meetings that took place before 2021-22, please click here

The panel meetings are normally held in public and you can attend. You can also address the Police, Fire and Crime Panel or ask a question on any item on the agenda for a particular meeting.

If you would like to speak at a Police, Fire and Crime Panel meeting, or have any questions about the PFCP, please contact James Edmunds at West Northamptonshire Council two working days before the date of the meeting.

More information on the PFCP can be found at the Home Office website.