The team supporting Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has received an independent accolade for its commitment to transparency for the sixth year running.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) was rated ‘highly commended’ this week by CoPaCC – an independent organisation monitoring policing governance in England and Wales.
It is the sixth time Cleveland OPCC has received the Open and Transparent Quality Mark. The OPCC has retained the award since 2015-16.
For the first time this year, CoPaCC conducted ‘mystery shopping’ for all OPCC websites. It also began to consider ‘ease of access’ -or how easily members of the public can find information.
OPCC must by law publish a range of information including:
- Who they are and what they do
- What they spend and how they spend it
- What their priorities are and how they are doing
- How they make decisions
- What policies and procedures govern the operation of the OPCC
- Lists and registers.
Commissioner’s Officer for Communications and Information, Hannah Smith, said: “As an organisation, we’re committed to operating in an open and transparent manner and we publish a wealth of information on our website about our work.
“We’re delighted to have maintained this high standard over the past six years and ,despite moving to a new website last year, we have ensured the public continue to have access to up-to-date information about the things we do.”