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WPCC3-0032 – Review and update of Office Policies

Decision Title:  Review and update of Office Policies

Decision Reference Number: WPCC3-0032

Lead Officer: Polly Reed

If force business, date approved by Chief Officer: N/a

Date: 21 December 2021 

Status:  Non confidential

Decision summary:

The purpose of this decision is to approve updates to policies relating to the PCC’s office.  The policies are the Complaints Policy, Safeguarding Policy, Managing Public Contact Policy and Pension Forfeiture Policy

I confirm that my register of interests declaration is up to date and that none of my interests preclude me from making this decision.

Signature:  Philip Seccombe

Date: 21.01.21

Supporting information

1. Background information

In order to maintain the highest standards in the work undertaken by the PCC’s office there are a number of policies and procedures which are routinely reviewed and where required reviewed. The policies listed in this decision notice have been reviewed as such, and are all important for transparency in governance and ethical standards.

2. List of additional information attached as appendices

3. Expected benefits

The policies set out the expected actions and behaviours of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

4. Impact of not approving the application

Lack of clarity in approaches

5. Costs (including any identified savings)

None identified

6. Equality implications

These policies should support the office’s wish to treat all those who they affect with equality and fairness. Equality Impact Assessments have been taken in their completion.

7. Legal comments

Legal advice has been sought in the design of these policies

8. Publication

Information in this form is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act) and other legislation.  Unless the information provided is covered by an exemption and stated to be either confidential or partly confidential, the information contained in the form will be published on the OPCC website.

Comments from the Treasurer

There are no costs directly associated with the update to the various policies, but there may be cost implications associated with individual cases that may arise or have to be dealt with under them.  Therefore, having policies in place to deal with such matters will provide for strong governance and professionalism within the OPCC, which will help to ensure that value for money and risks are reduced which could result in cost avoidance or minimisation of cost.

Comments from the Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer

These agreed policies are an essential element of the smooth running of the office of the PCC and evidence of sound governance processes