Partners include organisations that work on community safety, crime, drugs, health or criminal justice locally, or as part of the police and crime panel, who scrutinise the performance and decisions of the Commissioner.
There is a duty on the Commissioner, when carrying out their functions, to:
- have regard to the relevant priorities of each responsible community safety and criminal justice partner
- along with community safety and criminal justice partners, act in cooperation with each other for matters of crime and disorder
- along with criminal justice bodies in the Gwent area, make arrangements (so far as it is appropriate to do so) for the exercise of functions to provide an efficient and effective criminal justice system for Gwent.
The introduction of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 placed new duties on Commissioners and Chief Officers to collaborate where it is in the interests or effectiveness of their own and other police force areas.
Working with other organisations can bring benefits such as increased resilience and economies of scale. In light of the current financial challenges faced, the collaboration agenda is central in achieving the savings required with the priority being to provide the most efficient police service possible to the people of Gwent.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was agreed by the Welsh forces involved in the collaborative projects at the All Wales Policing Group held on the 26th and 27th March 2014; the decision confirming the adoption of the MoU by Gwent was signed by the Police and Crime Commissioner on the 14th April 2014 (decision log PCCG-2014-026).
There are a number of collaboration initiatives that Gwent are involved in across England and Wales.