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Scrutiny and Oversight

One of the principal responsibilities of the Commissioner is to hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the public, for the effective and efficient operation of the police service in South Wales.

The Centre for Public Scrutiny advocates four principles for ‘holding to account’ arrangements to be effective:

  • Providing a constructive ‘critical friend’ challenge
  • Amplifying the voices and concerns of the public
  • Being led by independent people who take responsibility for their role
  • Driving improvement in public services

The Commissioner and his team work with these principles in mind when fulfilling their oversight and scrutiny role. Further information about our scrutiny arrangements is outlined here

The following meetings support the scrutiny and oversight process:

The Commissioner's Strategic Board

 

Chaired by the Police & Crime Commissioner and attended by the Chief Constable and his Chief Officers, this Board is the primary way in which the Commissioner oversees the efficiency and effectiveness of the force and monitors progress against the priorities in his Police & Crime Plan. 

The Commissioner’s Scrutiny & Accountability Board

Chaired by the Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner and attended by the Chief Constable’s Chief Officers, this Board enables in depth scrutiny of particular policing issues, particularly those identified in the Commissioner’s Police & Crime Reduction Plan and the Chief Constable’s associated Delivery Plan.  The meeting also receives updates on key police performance and projects.  Findings are fed through to the Strategic Board.  

The Commissioner’s Police Accountability & Legitimacy Group (PALG)

Chaired by the Commissioner’s Chief Executive, this group assists in the Commissioner’s scrutiny and oversight function by providing external, independent input.  More information on PALG can be found here.

Joint Audit Committee

Chaired independently, this committee provides a joint audit oversight function of South Wales Police and the Commissioner.  Terms of Reference can be found here.

The Commissioner also monitors South Wales Police progress against recommendations made by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Constabulary & Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) and responds to relevant HMICFRS reports.  For more information click here

To find out more information on the Commissioner’s scrutiny arrangements, contact the Strategic Lead for Scrutiny and Assurance (Hannah Jenkins-Jones) at Hannah.jenkins-jones@south-wales.police.uk .


 

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