The purpose of this statement is to give clarity to the way the two organisations, the police and crime commissioner and chief constable, will be governed both jointly and separately, to do business in the right way, for the right reason at the right time.
The principle statutory framework within which the organisations will operate is:
- Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (PRSRA11, the Act)
- Policing Protocol Order 2011 (the Protocol)
- Financial Management Code of Practice
- Strategic Policing Requirement
This framework creates a public sector relationship, based upon a commissioner – provider arrangement but with unique elements such as the single elected commissioner and the operational independence of the chief constable.
It is therefore not appropriate to import corporate governance arrangements into this environment but to build upon existing good governance principles and experience.
The core principles adopted by both organisations are those highlighted by the good governance standard for public services:
- Focus on outcomes for local people,
- Clarity of roles and functions, Promotion of values and demonstrating these through behaviour, Informed, transparent decisions & managing risk,
- Developing capacity and capability
- Engaging with local people to ensure robust accountability.
1.4 Framework / Instruments of governance
The corporate governance framework by which both organisations will be governed, both jointly and separately will consist of:
- Statement of corporate governance – statutory framework and local policy,
- Code of corporate governance – sets out how the core principles will be implemented,
- Scheme of corporate governance – defines the parameters within which the organisations will conduct their business,
- Separate policy and procedures for each corporation sole, with protocols where they operate jointly.
A corporate governance group will be convened when required to review the framework on and oversee its implementation.
Membership will consist of those holding the posts of, or holding the statutory responsibilities of, police and crime commissioner (& deputy if appointed), chief constable (& deputy), chief executive/monitoring officer and the respective chief finance officers.
The Executive Management Board may be used to undertake this role as necessary.