Agenda and minutes

Cheshire Police and Crime Panel - Friday, 17th March, 2023 2.00 pm

Venue: The Council Chamber, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford, CW7 1AH. View directions

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Members are reminded that, in accordance with governance procedure rule at Part 3 paragraph 2.6, Panel Members, or their constituent authority, may nominate substitute members of the Panel in the event that the appointed representative(s) is/are unable to attend the meeting.  Advance notice of substitution should be given to the host authority wherever possible.  Members are encouraged wherever possible to secure the attendance of a substitute if they are unable to be present.


Apologies were received from Cllr Jane Whalen (Warrington), Cllr Lynn Riley (Cheshire West and Chester), Mrs Gemma Shepherd - Etchells and Miss Yasmin Somani.


Code of Conduct - Declaration of Interests. Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012

Members are reminded of their responsibility to declare any disclosable pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest which they have in any item of business on the agenda no later than when the item is reached.


No issues were raised.


Public Participation

To receive questions from members of the public. A total period of 15 minutes will be allocated for members of the public to speak at Panel meetings. Each member of the public shall be limited to a period of up to 5 minutes speaking. At the Chair’s discretion the period made available for questions and statements may be extended.


In order that an appropriate answer to the questions can be given, the deadline for indicating a wish to speak or for submission of questions is 3 clear working days before a meeting of the Panel. The Chair has the discretion to waive the 3-day rule for issues deemed to be urgent.


In response to questions or statements the Panel may choose to agree to either provide an agreed verbal response, that will be minuted or to provide a written reply to a questioners chosen address.


Those wishing to ask a question or make a statement should register by email to: send the question or statement by post to:


Cheshire Police and Crime Panel

Democratic Services and Governance

c/o Municipal Buildings

Earle Street




A list of those speaking or asking questions at a meeting of the Panel will be drawn up by the Panel’s Secretariat in order of receipt. Copies of questions and statements will be circulated to all Panel members in advance of the meeting and will be made available to the public attending the meeting. Copies will also be available on the Police and Crime Panel’s page of the Cheshire East Council website.


Nobody may submit more than one question or make more than one statement at the same meeting, but a supplementary question, related to the subject raised in the question /statement, will be permitted for clarification at the discretion of the Chair.


Those speaking or asking questions will not be permitted to address any issue that is the subject of a current or proposed complaint by them against the Police and Crime Commissioner. They are also advised that reference to an issue that could become the subject of a future complaint by them could prejudice the Panel’s consideration of that complaint.


The Panel will not accept a question or statement if:


There is insufficient detail to enable a proper response to be provided.


It is not about a matter for which the Police and Crime Panel has responsibility.


It is potentially defamatory, frivolous or offensive against named individuals.


It is substantially the same question which has been put at a meeting of the Police and Crime Panel in the last six months.


It requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt information.


No members of the public wished to speak at the meeting.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 444 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 3 February 2023.


Additional documents:




That the Minutes of the meeting held on 3 February 2023 be approved.


Chair's Announcements


The Chair, along with the Police and Crime Commissioner thanked Councillors Laura Jeuda and Paul Findlow for the contribution that they had made to the Panel; both had announced that they would not be standing at the forthcoming elections. Presentations were made by the Chair and the Commissioner to both Councillors Jeuda and Findlow.


Dates and Timings of Panel Meetings pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To consider the dates and timings of future meetings.




That the programme of meetings for the 2023/24 Municipal Year be approved.


Police and Crime Commissioner's Scrutiny Papers - 18 January 2023 pdf icon PDF 4 MB

To receive, note and inform any future scrutiny or work programme item.


The Panel noted the papers that the Commissioner had published in advance of his Scrutiny meeting held on 18 January.


Questions Submitted in Advance to the Commissioner pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Additional documents:


The Chair explained that two questions had been formally submitted to the Commissioner in advance of the meeting and that these had been included in the published papers.


Introduction by the Commissioner


The Chair formally welcomed the Commissioner to the meeting. The Commissioner updated the Panel on his Community Cashback Fund, which he had briefed on at the previous meeting. He also briefed the Panel on successful bids for funding from the Safer Streets Fund and on a number of other funding bids he had made. He informed the Panel that he had commissioned independent research about violence against women and girls in Cheshire.


The Commissioner provided an update on the Police uplift programme, noting that during 2022/23 the Constabulary had met its targets for the increase in Officers.


Overview and Scrutiny of the Police and Crime Commissioner


Panel members asked the Commissioner a range of questions. Details of questions and the Commissioner’s responses can be found on the Police and Crime Panel page of the Cheshire East Council website - Questions to the Police and Crime Commissioner 2022/23