The Commissioner has the powers to commission services and award grants to organisations or bodies to assist in delivering the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan.
The Commissioner will work effectively with other community safety and criminal justice partners in the Gwent area and beyond. Their work will include influencing how all parties prioritise and bring together their resources to tackle local problems and priorities. They will be free to pool funding with partners and will have flexibility to decide how to use their resources.
A key enabler to this is the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 which requires all statuatory partners to work together within Public Service Boards (PSBs) to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of future generations. Although policing is not devolved in Wales, the Commissioner is a statutory invitee to the PSBs in Gwent.
The term 'Commissioning' is simply the cycle of assessing the needs of the people in an area, designing and then securing the appropriate service.
Working with partners across the local landscape, there is a need to develop a common approach to a range of crime and community safety issues, and the Commissioner will look for the best ways of engaging with these partners in order to achieve influence locally. Therefore, the Commissioner currently operates three tiers of commissioning activity:
Details of the activity undertaken across all three tiers are reported annually to the OPCC Management Board and Joint Audit Committee.