Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl has been elected to the board of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC).

Mr. Surl was nominated along with fellow Independent and former Counsel General for Wales Winston Roddick QC, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales Police who will chair the APCC.

Both offices run for 12 months.

Mr. Surl said,

“It’s a privilege to be selected to fill this important position and I am grateful to my fellow PCCs for the confidence they have shown in me. Although my focus is overwhelmingly on Gloucestershire, it is essential to be in touch with the national policing landscape.

“A national body helps PCCs make the most of their ability to influence at a national level and deliver on their manifesto promises.

“By working together, PCCs can influence change and by sharing best practice and identifying opportunities to work together or pay for services jointly, the APCC helps PCCs be more efficient and effective”.

All of the 41 Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales are members of APCC. The governing bodies which oversee the non-geographic police forces – British Transport Police, Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Ministry of Defence Police, the City of London Police and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime which oversees the Metropolitan Police – are also members.

The APCC is supported by a small, focused team of policing policy professionals with a wide range of experience of representing the interests of local police governance bodies at a national level.

The APCC offers the following services to PCCs:

  • Information on national policing policy issues and legislation.
  • Consults PCCs to enable them to develop policy positions and to influence change.
  • Facilitates the leadership of PCCs on national governance structures such as the College of Policing, National Crime Agency and Police Professional Bodies.
  • Assists PCCs in collaborating to share practice, procure services, and identify ways to achieve efficiencies through working together