According to this piece in Police Oracle. they are,
But before castigating or defending them how many people can answer:
1. I know who sits on my Police & Crime Panel?
2. I know how to contact my Police & Crime Panel?
3. I fully understand the role & limitations of the Police & Crime Panel?
As we approach the anniversary of the inaugural PCC elections can we gauge the success or failure of PCCs nationwide without specific recourse to the questions above?