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Transparency: Commissioner Team recognised for excellence

Last Updated: 16/04/2019

The South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner Team are one of twenty seven in England & Wales to have been awarded a 2019 Transparency Quality Mark for meeting the statutory requirements on openness and transparency.

Each year, CoPaCC invites each Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to provide details of how it meets the current statutory transparency requirements, with independent analysis of the material received and subsequent desk research undertaken to test the validity of the submissions and publications before reporting their findings.

The original November 2013 Thematic sought information through a formal Freedom of Information request. Since then, CoPaCC have deliberately avoided the use of Freedom of Information requests to gather this type of information, given the additional burden on OPCCs, choosing instead to engage with them on a voluntary and cooperative basis.

Grant Thornton, the leading police assurance provider, sponsor CoPaCC’s Transparency Quality Mark analysis and the associated awards. Paul Grady, Head of Police for Grant Thornton, commented:

“Transparency is an essential part of the democratic process. For the public to be able gauge how successful their Commissioner is in delivering their electoral mandate, they need access to information that is accessible, easy to understand and fit for purpose. Grant Thornton is proud to once again be supporting these Transparency Awards and we congratulate all those who have been successful in meeting the standards required.

 “For my part, these OPCCs have all demonstrated that they are transparent in what they do, meeting relevant legal requirements. They present key information in an accessible format on their websites. I congratulate them all on their award-winning work, and I look forward to what I trust will be continued excellent work by each and every one of them in this area.”

A formal presentation to OPCCs of the CoPaCC “Open and Transparent Quality Mark” will be undertaken at the forthcoming Police Governance Summit in July.

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