Auditors have given the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, a green light for the governance and financial arrangements put into place following his election in November 2012.
The report, which was carried out by external auditors, is being presented at meeting of the Audit Committee today.
The key findings from the review are as follows:
There are policies and procedures in place for the Office of the PCC which have been revised as a result of the transition.
The Force’s policies and procedures have been revised to include any changes as a result of the transition to the PCC.
Joint arrangement protocols are in place where the Office of the PCC and the Force operate jointly.
Police and Crime Plan/Corporate Plan
There is a Police and Crime Plan in place which is in line with the requirements detailed in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act (2011).
Performance management arrangements have been developed for both the PCC and the Force to ensure the Plan is met.
There is an independent Audit Committee in place with a documented Terms of Reference detailing the core functions of the Committee.
There was only one recommendation in the report which was that the PCC should consider adopting an overarching Code of Corporate Governance, which has been accepted. Currently there are a number of documents which cover this, however the recommendation was to produce an overarching document.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger said: “Work started on the transition arrangements prior to my election, and I’m delighted that we have been given a “green” rating by the independent auditors.
“It really demonstrates that our arrangements for finance and governance are sound, which should reassure the public.
“Indeed the report concluded:
“Taking account of the issues identified, the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Force can take substantial assurance that the controls upon which the organisation relies to manage this area are suitably designed, consistently applied and effective.”
“I have accepted the sole recommendation in the report, and I will continue to ensure that effective and efficient governance arrangements are in place for both the Force and my office.”
A copy of the full report is available at http://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Decisions/Public-Meetings.aspx.
Posted on Thursday 16th May 2013