Accountability

The Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) is committed to transparency. In that spirit a range of information is available below with links to external websites where appropriate. 

Expenditure exceeding £500

Lists detailing all items of expenditure by the PCC exceeding £500 are available by clicking on the individual months below: 

Other topics

Performance & Accountability Meetings

To provide stronger and more transparent accountability of the police, the PCC webcasts her monthly Performance & Accountability Meetings (PAMs) with the Chief Constable. To find out more about these PAMs, watch live and catch up on previous meetings click here.

Governance & Integrity Accountability Meetings

The PCC holds the Chief Constable and Sussex Police to account for matters relating to Governance & Integrity. The PCC meets with the Head of the Professional Standards Department (PSD) and a representative from Human Resources on a quarterly basis.

This includes the review of decisions and reports on:

  • Complaints made against Sussex Police;
  • Recording of gifts and hospitality;
  • Reporting of business interests;
  • Integrity and use of the ‘Breaking the Silence’ scheme; and
  • Civil claims.

The last Governance & Integrity Accountability meeting took place on 26 September2017.

The PCC received an update from the Human Resources Department which provided an overview of work undertaken by the People Services Department since the previous meeting. The following issues were discussed:

  • Sickness Figures;
  • Employment Tribunals;
  • Unsocial hours payments; and
  • Management of police staff misconduct.

The Head of PSD presented an Exception and Update report to the PCC who provided challenge in respect of the complaints data relating to Quarter 1. The statistics for Break the Silence, gifts and hospitality, and business interests were also reviewed. A discussion was undertaken about recent misconduct cases and current investigations too.

An update was provided on the Policing and Crime Act and it was reported that the PCC would be implementing option 1 in respect of the complaints models, this will be the handling of local resolution appeals. It was noted that forces and OPCCs were still awaiting the statutory guidance and there had been an indication that there may be a slight delay in the implementation of the legislation relating to complaints.

The next meeting will take place on 6 March 2018.

Annual Report

Every year the PCC is required to publish an Annual Report. The Annual Report provides an update on performance against the objectives and measures set out in the Police & Crime Plan:

  • The Annual Report for the period 22 November 2012 – 31 March 2013 can be viewed here.
  • The Annual Report for the period 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014 can be viewed here.
  • The Annual Report for the period 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 can be viewed here.
  • The Annual Report for the period 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016 can be viewed here.
  • The Annual Report for the period 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 can be viewed here.
  • The Annual Report for the period 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 can be viewed here.

Property, Rights and Liabilities

The full list of PCC assets is available here. This includes all premises or land owned, leased or occupied for the purposes of the PCC.

The estates strategy (reviewed and approved July 2018) sets out how the PCC can provide the Chief Constable with the estate to deliver the priorities in the Police & Crime Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22, support the mission, vision and values of Sussex Police and meet the requirements of the Strategic Policing Requirement within challenging financial boundaries. The Strategy will next be reviewed in July 2019.

Conduct

The Committee on Standards in Public Life promotes high standards of behaviour in the public sphere through the The Seven Principles of Public Life enunciated by the Nolan Committee.

The Policing Protocol states that all parties will abide by the seven Nolan principles set out by the Committee for Standards in Public Life.  The Committee recommends them for the benefit of all who serve the public in any way.

The PCC’s Code of Conduct can be viewed here.

The College of Policing’s Code of Ethics for officers and police staff has been formally laid before Parliament. The Code sets out what the high standards of behaviour within policing looks like and includes practical examples for officers and staff to use in their everyday jobs.

Increasing public confidence in the police and the criminal justice system is a key priority within the PCC's Police & Crime Plan. Trust in the police will play a big part in helping to achieve this and the PCC is committed to keeping professional standards high in Sussex.

Click here to read the Code of Ethics.

Security and Sharing of Information

The PCC complies with all regulations and policies in relation to the security of sensitive or confidential information – particularly when the information is in transit between secure locations.

In order to successfully fulfil their functions, the PCC and the OSPCC is supplied with relevant information about policing matters in Sussex and information about the running of the Force, by Sussex Police. By sharing information, Sussex Police not only fulfils its statutory duty, but also demonstrates its openness and transparency with the PCC as its governing body.

Whistleblowing

The PCC is committed to the highest standards of openness, probity and accountability.  So we expect employees and appointees, and others we deal with, who have serious concerns about the work of the Office of the PCC to come forward and voice them.

We have a policy that makes it clear that you can do so without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or disadvantage. This Confidential Reporting Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees and appointees to raise serious concerns within the Office of the PCC rather than overlooking a problem.

Additionally, all staff at the OSPCC have access to the anonymous reporting system, called ‘Break the Silence’, which is available via the Sussex Police intranet.

Freedom of Information

Further details about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and a copy of the OSPCC - Publication Scheme can be viewed here.

Social Media

Our Social Media usage guidelines can be viewed here. This sets out how the PCC’s social media accounts are monitored and moderated.

Reports Required of Responsible Authorities

The PCC must publish any report required from the “responsible authorities” for Sussex under section 7(1) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (see Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, Schedule 11 (5)).

The Commissioner may require such reports where she is “not satisfied that the responsible authorities” in Sussex “are carrying out their functions… in an effective and efficient manner” and it is “reasonable and proportionate in all the circumstances to require a report”.

This information must be published as soon as practicable.

No reports have been required of responsible authorities.

Scheme of Consent

The scheme of consent details the key roles of the PCC, and those functions which are designated to the Chief Executive, Chief Finance Officer, Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner (if appointed) and police staff under the direction and control of the Chief Constable but employed by the PCC.

This scheme of consent provides a framework which makes sure the business is carried out efficiently and also ensures that decisions are not unnecessarily delayed.of Consent

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