Good governance arrangements are essential to the success of an organisation. They set the tone and direction, keep it on track, support its decision-making and risk and opportunity management, and provide transparency and clear lines of accountability. They are the ‘glue’ that holds everything together.
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 established directly elected police and crime commissioners to govern police forces in England & Wales (excluding the Metropolitan policing area of London). The Policing Protocol Order, 2011 sets out an expectation that the relationship between a Police and Crime Commissioner (‘PCC’) and Chief Constable (‘CC’) is built on the principles of goodwill, professionalism, openness and trust.
The PCC and CC have a Joint Corporate Governance Framework which:
- sets out the relationship between the PCC and CC; two separate legal entities
- is based upon the legislation, the Policing Protocol, and a ‘commissioner / provider’ relationship
- recognises the concepts of a single elected commissioner and the operational independence of SYP
- builds on existing good governance principles and experience and
- includes schemes of delegation and consent, financial regulations and standing orders as to contracts
In short, the Framework describes how the PCC and Office of the PCC (‘OPCC’) and the CC and South Yorkshire Police (‘SYP’) will do business together.
You can read the full document on the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Holding to Account Arrangements here.
To view the Community Engagement Strategy see here.