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PCC recognised with national award for openness and transparency
Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has been awarded the CoPaCC Transparency Quality Mark by the PCCs’ watchdog for the way in which she provides public access to information about what she does.

The annual award was presented by CoPaCC, the national organisation which reviews PCCs and best practise both in their offices and policing as a whole.

“I’m absolutely delighted to receive this important award which recognises all the work that goes on in my office and in public to try to let people know what my team and I are up to and why,” said Commissioner Holloway.

“There are a huge range of legal requirements when it comes to the information which is posted and I have a very small team indeed compared with the offices of other PCCs, of just a dozen including part-timers and admin assistants, to handle all the work of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, including distributing and overseeing over £1 million worth of grants to help support victims and increase community safety,” said the PCC.

Bernard Rix, head of CoPaCC, commented, “Although this is a national scheme, as a resident of Bedfordshire myself I’m delighted to be able to present this award to Bedfordshire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. PCCs are public figures and are, rightly, publicly accountable. Transparency is a topic that both the Home Affairs Select Committee and Committee for Standards in Public Life have commented on. This award is a reflection that the Bedfordshire OPCC meets the standards that they require.”

Applications are now open for individuals and groups to submit bids from £1 to over £50,000 to the Commissioner’s Fund, a budget formed of both Ministry of Justice money and that from the Force, to improve victim support, prevent crime from happening in the first place and to improve the safety of Bedfordshire’s communities in both towns and the countryside.

Details for the Commissioning Fund can be found in the Campaigns and Initiatives section under
Funding Opportunities. For further information please contact the OPCC on 01234 842064 or email PCC-Commissioning@Bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.