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Police, Fire and Crime Panel

The Essex Police and Crime Panel was established under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. The Panel became known as the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Panel in 2017.

What the Panel does

The Panel examines the actions and decisions of the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC). It plays a vital role in holding the Commissioner accountable. The Panel’s functions are to:

  • scrutinise the Commissioner’s Annual Report and Fire Statement
  • review and scrutinise the decisions and actions of the Commissioner
  • review the Commissioner's proposed council tax precept levels and have the power to veto the decision
  • confirm proposed Chief Constable and senior officer appointments
  • review the conduct of the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner, and consider non-criminal complaints against them
  • appoint acting Commissioner, if required

Members and meetings

The Panel has 15 elected members from local authorities across Essex and 2 independent members, they meet a minimum of 4 times a year. View the members of the Panel.

View news and reports or find meeting dates in the committee details.

Get involved

You can attend Panel meetings and ask questions, unless where the business is exempt. Contact us by email or telephone if you would like to:

  • ask an agenda-related question at a meeting
  • make a complaint about the conduct of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
  • get further information about the panel


The Panel deal with all complaints against the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner. The complaints procedure provides more detail on the process. Should a complaint suggest criminal conduct, we must record it and pass it on to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

If you have a complaint about other police staff, please follow the advice on the Commissioner’s website.

Contact the Police, Fire and Crime Panel

Telephone: 0333 032 1512

County Hall
Market Road
Chelmsford, Essex

Members of the Panel

Name Represented area
Cllr Aidan McGurran Basildon Borough Council
Cllr Wendy Schmitt (Chairman) Braintree District Council
Cllr Chris Hossack Brentwood Borough Council
Cllr Godfrey Isaacs Castle Point Borough Council
Cllr Jeremy Lager Chelmsford City Council
Cllr Mike Lilley Colchester Borough Council
Cllr Holly Whitbread Epping Forest District Council
Cllr Malcolm Maddocks (Vice-Chairman) Essex County Council
Vacancy Harlow District Council
Cllr Mark Heard Maldon District Council
Cllr Mike Webb Rochford District Council
Cllr Ian Shead Southend Borough Council
Cllr Lynda McWilliams Tendring District Council
Cllr Joycelyn Redsell Thurrock Council
Cllr Colin Day Uttlesford District Council
John Gili-Ross Independent
Sheila Murphy Independent
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