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Derbyshire Police and Crime Panel

The panel considers the strategic actions and decisions of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire.

This includes considering whether they have:

  • achieved the aims set out in the police and crime plan and annual report
  • considered the priorities of the community safety partners
  • consulted appropriately with the public and victims

To achieve this the panel:

  • review the precept (council tax charge for the police)
  • review the Police and Crime Plan including key activities, priorities, delivery and resourcing
  • review the annual report
  • hold confirmation hearings for the Chief Constable
  • handle complaints about the conduct of the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • provide a dual role of challenging and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • understanding the strategic needs for the policing area, using the insight and understanding to support the commissioner to carry out their strategy

Who is on the panel

Derbyshire's Police and Crime Panel is made up of 10 councillors - one from each of the 10 local authorities in the police force area - and 2 independent members:

  • Mrs Vicky Newbury - independent member (chair)
  • Councillor Ged Potter - Derby City Council (vice chair)
  • Councillor Carol Hart - Derbyshire County Council
  • Councillor Matt Murray - Amber Valley Borough Council
  • Councillor Mary Dooley - Bolsover District Council
  • Councillor Peter Innes - Chesterfield Borough Council
  • Councillor Dermot Murphy - Derbyshire Dales District Council
  • Councillor Val Clare - Erewash Borough Council
  • Councillor Alan Barrow - High Peak Borough Council
  • Councillor William Armitage - North East Derbyshire District Council
  • Councillor Gordon Rhind - South Derbyshire District Council
  • Dr Stephen Handlsey - independent member


The panel deals with non-criminal complaints about the conduct of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The panel does not have the authority to consider complaints about operational policing matters.

Complaints should be submitted to the Police and Crime Panel.