Members of the public would be able to ask the Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner (PCC) questions during a regular public meeting, if changes to its rules are approved.
Next week (6 February), members of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel will debate Cllr Tim Caswell’s (Goldington, Lib Dems) proposal that the panel’s rules be amended to allow members of the public to ask the PCC questions at the start of panel meetings.
This proposed change aims to “encourage greater debate on crime and policing matters” and to encourage greater public attendance and participation in the affairs of the Panel.
Currently, members of the public can only direct questions to the panel’s chair.
The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel is a statutory body set up to challenge, scrutinise, and support the county’s PCC, but not police operational matters.
It is made up of three councillors from Bedford Borough, four from Central Bedfordshire and three from Luton Borough, as well as four members of the public.
by John Guinn
Local Democracy Reporter