What is Commissioning?

Commissioning is a process by which services are sourced based upon identified needs and budget limitations. In Cheshire, the Commissioner utilises funding from the Government to meet the needs of the people of Cheshire, for policing, community safety and victim services.

The responsibilities as set out in legislation are to provide for, or arrange for the provision of:

  • Services to secure crime and disorder reduction
  • Services to help victims or witnesses of, or other persons affected by, offences and anti-social behaviour
  • Services specified by the Secretary of State

How I will commission services for our communities

The Commissioner's approach to commissioning services will harness the best of the public, voluntary and community sectors in delivering high quality services for Cheshire residents. There will be a keen focus on ensuring that commissioning activity delivers value for the public and is effectively targeted.

All funding will be set firmly against delivering the priorities outlined in the Police and Crime Plan 2016-20 and will be monitored through specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely outcomes for Cheshire’s communities.

An evidence-based approach of what works to support victims, prevent and reduce crime, and improve services to the public will deliver the strongest possible impact. Services will be commissioned against emerging needs, re-commissioning of services will take place where there is a strong evidence base of effectiveness and services will be de-commissioned were they are not considered effective.


A four-stage process to commissioning

This process which will be used will be underpinned by a strong ethos of partnership working. I will work with other organisations, and those using services, to develop the most effective and efficient solutions. This will be through exploring options for co-commissioning services and designing services with both market experts and most importantly our communities and those using the services.

You can find more information on the funding I have allocated through my commissioning activity on the Crime and Disorder Reduction Grants and Victims Grants pages.