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PCC and team recognised for meeting the CoPaCC Transparency Quality Mark

CoPaCC Transparency

Chief Executive of CoPaCC Bernard Rix, OPCC Office Manager Kate Watson, PCC Sue Mountstevens and OPCC Chief Executive John Smith

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and her team have today been recognised for their commitment to conducting business transparently by CoPaCC, an organisation which independently compares PCCs.

Bernard Rix, Chief Executive of CoPaCC, travelled to Police Headquarters in Portishead, to present the PCC and the Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) with a Transparency Quality Mark commendation.

CoPaCC have introduced a series of ‘Quality Marks’ to provide an independent, evidence-based accreditation of PCCs and the work conducted by their offices and is the third award the Avon and Somerset OPCC has been given by CoPaCC.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Throughout my role I have maintained that being open and transparent with the local people of Avon and Somerset is essential.  The policing service belongs to the residents of the area and it is only right that they are fully informed and are given the opportunity to share their policing views.

“I remain focused on being accessible to the communities of Avon and Somerset as much as possible and my team continue to support me in making sure this happens.  Remember, I am your elected PCC and your voice in policing and my team and I want to continue to hear from you to ensure you are safe and feel safe.”

Chief Executive Bernard Rix said: “Avon and Somerset OPCC has demonstrated clear determination to be open and transparent in its work.  The PCC’s Office has already been awarded two commendations from CoPaCC for innovation and public engagement and I am delighted to be able to present this additional award for transparency. 

“Together these three acknowledgements clearly demonstrate the excellent work by the PCC and her team.  I hope and look forward to further opportunities to congratulate the OPCC over the coming years.”

CoPaCC monitors police governance in the United Kingdom and is an organisation that was established shortly after the first ever election of PCCs in November 2012, you can find out more about them on their website - http://copacc.org.uk/

Posted on Thursday 10th December 2015
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