[Left to Right] Paul Grady, Head of Police, Grant Thornton; Simon Dennis, Cleveland OPCC Chief Executive Bernard Rix, Chief Executive of CoPaCC.
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger has been named among the top PCCs in the country for openness and transparency.
The recognition was awarded to several PCCs from around the country at a ceremony in London on Monday 28th November.
The Transparency Quality Mark was developed by CoPaCC, an organisation monitoring police governance.
It is the second time Mr Coppinger has received the award, after previously being recognised for excellence last October.
The award recognises PCCs’ ability to meet all of their transparency responsibilities, by making information accessible on their websites.
Mr Coppinger said: “I am very pleased to be awarded the Transparency Quality Mark for the second year in a row.
“It is important to me that I operate as openly and transparently as possible for the people of Cleveland and that residents are fully informed about the work I do for them.
“My team have worked hard to ensure my website, Facebook and Twitter pages are regularly updated with all of my key decisions, information about victim services and up-to-date contact details so local communities can get in touch to voice any concerns.”
The PCC’s Chief Executive Simon Dennis collected the award on Mr Coppinger’s behalf.
He added: “This award is an excellent achievement for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
“The PCC knows that the public expect openness and transparency and he is committed to ensuring his services and decision-making are easily accessible for all.
“The entire team have worked hard to regularly update the PCC website with all of the information that our communities need to know.”
Alongside Mr Coppinger, representatives from Norfolk, West Midlands, Gwent, Hertfordshire, North Wales, Suffolk, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Avon & Somerset, Surrey and Nottinghamshire were also presented with their Transparency Quality Marks.
CoPaCC Chief Executive, Bernard Rix said: “For my part, these OPCCs have all demonstrated that they are transparent in what they do, meeting relevant legal requirements.
“They present key information in an accessible format on their websites and I congratulate them all on their good work.
“I look forward to what I trust will be continued excellent work by each and every one of them in this area.”
Posted on Tuesday 29th November 2016