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Avon and Somerset PCC and team recognised with Transparency Quality Mark

CoPaaC Transparency Award
Representatives from Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ Office joined PCCs, Chief Executives and other PCC’s Offices for a presentation of this year’s CoPaCC OPCC Transparency Quality Marks.

Throughout the event, attendees heard from speakers including Richard Thomas from the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Grant Thornton’s Head of Police, Paul Grady and CoPaCC’s Chief Executive, Bernard Rix.

CoPaCC first reviewed PCC’s ability to meet their statutory transparency responsibilities in 2015 and this is the second Transparency Quality Mark the Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has been awarded.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted that my office has been awarded the CoPaCC Transparency Quality Mark for the second year running.  Local people expect and deserve openness and transparency from their policing service and an important part of my job is ensuring local people feel they can have their say.

“I have always maintained that being accessible to the local communities of Avon and Somerset is vital in helping me, as your elected PCC, be your voice in policing.  The policing service belongs to our local residents, so it’s only right they have access to their police and are consulted on their views.” 

Thirteen OPCC’s, including Avon and Somerset, were awarded the Transparency Quality Mark at the event in London, with further OPCC’s who have achieved the mark being announced and awarded next month.

Paul Grady, Head of Police for Grant Thornton said: “Transparency is an essential part of the democratic process.  For the public to be able to gauge how successful their PCC is in delivering the electoral mandate, they need access to information that is accessible easy to understand and fit for purpose.  We congratulate all those who have been successful in meeting the standards required.”

Bernard Rix, Chief Executive of CoPaCC said: “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 and I congratulate them all on their good work.”

CoPaCC is an independent organisation established shortly after the first PCC elections in November 2012 to monitor policing governance.  The organisation introduced a series of ‘Quality Marks’ to provide an independent and evidence-based accreditation of PCCs and the work conducted by their offices.  For more information visit www.policinginsight.com  

Posted on Tuesday 29th November 2016
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