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Decision making policy

There is a sliding scale of decisions which are required of the Police and Crime Commissioner. These range from single, internally focussed, low impact decisions, through to those of significant public interest such as developing the Police and Crime Plan and setting the budget and precept.

The Commissioner is required by law to publish a policy statement in relation to the making of decisions of significant public interest that arise from the exercise of his duties. The definition of what is meant by ‘significant public interest’ is not defined in law. Therefore any decision as to whether a matter is of significant public interest is a matter solely for determination by the Commissioner, whose decision can only be challenged by judicial review.