How we work

The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable work within the following policies. These are reviewed annually (unless otherwise stated). 

Information about our other policies and procedures is available below.

Scheme of Governance

The Governance Framework

The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Chief Constable (CC) must ensure that they work in accordance with the law and proper standards, and that public money is safeguarded, properly accounted for, and used economically, efficiently and effectively. The policies that guide this are detailed here;

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Schedule of MOU

The overarching scheme of governance sets out the arrangements in place for effective governance and financial management including the management of risk. It comprises a number of elements as follows;

Code of Corporate Governance: how the PCC and Chief Constable achieve the core principles of ‘good governance’

Decision Making Framework, Appendix 1, Appendix 2, Appendix 3: how the PCC makes/publishes key decisions and holds the Chief Constable to account.

Scheme of Delegation for PCCs and CCs: key roles of the PCC and those functions delegated to others

Financial Regulations: the framework for managing the PCC’s financial affairs

Contract Standing Orders: rules for the procurement of goods, works and services



Complaints Procedures


You will find information about how we handle complaints and the rest of our Complaints Policy here


Subject Access Requests

Unless a Subject Access Request relates to one of a small number of special categories of information, the maximum fee that can be charged for dealing with it is £10. Different fee limits apply where the request concerns health or educational records or credit files.

Charging regimes and policy

Most Freedom of Information Requests are free of charge, however there might be a small fee for photocopies or postage.

This is covered in the national legislation.

Policies and procedures for procurement and commissioning arrangements

Our Procurement process is covered within the Financial Regulations.

More information on commissioning can be found under our Commissioning page here.

Within this section you can also find out information relating to:

  • Victims Services
  • Community Safety
  • Restorative Justice

Information about funding made available from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner via the Community Safety Fund and Victims’ Services Fund is available here.

Policies and procedures for provision of services

For information on how we handle requests for information, please visit the Freedom of Information section of our website.


There is currently a review of the business classification scheme for the management of information.

Records Management and Personal Data Policies

The OSPCC has a Records Management and Disposal Policy, and a schedule for the maintenance of its records.

Policies and Procedures for the Employment of staff

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OSPCC) follows the same employment procedures as Sussex Police.

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