Police and Crime Commissioners will have to publish information to allow the public to hold them to account. The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 says what information Commissioners should make available.
For this to be effective, Government has issued the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) Order 2011 to make sure that the public have timely access to independent and clear information on the performance of their Commissioner. This will allow them, when they go to the ballot box to vote, to make their decision based on fact rather than rumour.
The information order has set a minimum evidence base – a specific set of information to be made available – for the public to use when holding Commissioners to account. A consistent minimum evidence base will also allow the public to compare different police force areas.
The information order came into effect on 16 January 2012, on the same date the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) was introduced. Home Office officials are liaising with MOPAC to assess how the information order is being put into practice in London, and will review it if evidence suggests that we can maintain transparency and reduce the burden on Commissioners.
This includes decisions that are made, progress on the Police and Crime Plan and Spending/Budgets to name a few.