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WPCC3-0104 Review of Office Policies

Decision Reference Number: WPCC3-0104

Lead Officer: Polly Reed

Chief Officer approval: N/A

Date: 10/7/23

Status: Non-confidential

Decision summary:

The purpose of this decision is to approve updates to policies relating to the PCC’s office.  Two policies are prepared for approval – Gifts and Hospitality, and Whistleblowing.

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 TD

Date: 08th August 2023

Supporting information

1. Background information

In order to maintain the highest standards in the work undertaken by the PCC and his office there are a number of policies and procedures which are routinely reviewed and where required reviewed. The policy 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 policy 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 considerations

The PCC and OPCC staff should demonstrate the highest standards of professional behaviour, honesty and integrity, as well as comply with the Nolan Principles and the Code of Conduct at all times this policy supports this approach. The impact on equality has been taken into account, and no adverse issues identified at this stage.

7. Legal comments

Legal issues have been considered when preparing the policies

8. Social or Environmental considerations

These policies consider the actions of an individual or group have on the OPCC.

9. 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 financial implications or costs directly associated with this decision, but it will provide for strong governance and professionalism within the OPCC which will help to ensure risks are reduced which could result in cost avoidance.

Comments from the Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer

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