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Specified Information Order

Transparency

Specified Information Order

Background

Police and Crime Commissioners publish information to allow the public to hold them to account. The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 says what information Commissioners should make available. For this to be effective, the Government has issued the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) Order 2011 to make sure that the public have timely access to independent and clear information.

The Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) (Amendment) Order 2011 (2011/3050) came into force on 16 January 2012. The original Order was subsequently amended by two further Orders (2012/2479 and 2013/1816).

The Order (as amended) specifies information which must be published by elected local policing bodies.

Links to all information required to be published in accordance with the Specified Information Order are available on this page. For ease of reference, the wording has been taken directly from the legislation to provide a clear picture of the Commissioner’s compliance with his duties in this area.

Interpretations

To assist with the understanding of this section, the following interpretations may be useful:

“Elected Local Policing Body” – Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

“Chief Officer” – Chief Constable

“Relevant Office Holder” – Police and Crime Commissioner/Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

“Senior Employee” – a member of staff whose salary exceeds £58,200

1. In relation to the relevant office holders of the elected local policing body

(a) the name of each relevant office holder PCC/Oath of Office

(b) the address for correspondence of each relevant office holder;

The PCC covers the area of Bedfordshire.

The PCC has not employed a Deputy PCC.

For address & contact details, please see the contact page

The salary for the role of PCC is £73,300 per year. 

(c) Salary of each relevant office holder, can be found on the meet the team page

(d) the allowances paid to each relevant office holder in respect of expenses incurred by the officer holder in the exercise of the body’s functions;

(e) a register of interests of relevant officer holders, including every paid employment or office or other pecuniary interest of each relevant officer holder.

PCC: Notification of Disclosable Interests

(f) the number of complaints or conduct matters that have been brought to the attention of a relevant office holder by the police and crime panel (either because they have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, or because they are being subjected to informal resolution by the panel).

2. In relation to the staff of the elected local policing body

(a) The number of members of the staff

14 Full Time Members of Staff, including the PCC: 82%

3 Part Time Members of Staff: 18%

  • Are women: 71% 
  • Are men: 29%
  • Are, to the knowledge of the elected local policing body, members of an ethnic minority: 6%
  • Have, to the knowledge of the elected local policing body, a disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010): 18%
 

(b) The proportion of staff who: (c) An organisational chart showing the structure of the staff

(d) The job title, responsibilities and salary of each senior employee and the name of the senior employee;

(e) A register of each offer of a gift or hospitality made to a relevant office holder or member of staff, indicating whether the offer was accepted or refused

(f) the number of complaints or conduct matters that have been brought to the attention of a relevant office holder by the police and crime panel (either because they have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, or because they are being subjected to informal resolution by the panel).

2A. In relation to – 

(a) The duty of the chief officer of the police force maintained by the elected local policing body to provide assistance to the body under section 2(5) or 4(5) of the 2011 Act; and

(b) The power of a local authority to provide administrative, professional or technical services to the elected local policing body under section 1(1) of the Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Act 1970

(c) information as to any arrangements (Decision Making Policy) for use by the elected local policing body of the staff of the chief officer or of a local authority under those provisions.

3. In relation to the income and expenditure of the elected local policing body

(a) The total budget of the elected local policing body

(b) Where the elected local policing body is a police and crime commissioner, the precept issued by the commissioner.

(c) Information as to each anticipated source of revenue of the elected local policing body (other than, in the case of a police and crime commissioner, the precept)

(d) Information as to the proposed expenditure of the elected local policing body

(e) A copy of the annual investment strategy of the elected local policing body

(f) Information as to each crime and disorder reduction grant made by the elected local policing body, including the conditions (if any) attached to the grant, the recipient of the grant, the purpose of the grant and the reasons why the body considered that the grant would secure, or contribute to securing, crime and disorder reduction in the body’s area;

(g) Information as to each item of expenditure of –

(i) the elected local policing body or,

(ii) the chief officer of the police force maintained by the body, exceeding £500 (other than a crime and disorder reduction grant made by the elected local policing body or an item of expenditure to which sub-paragraph (h) applies), including the recipient of the funds, the purpose of the expenditure and the reasons why the body or the chief officer (as the case may be) considered that good value for money would be obtained.

(h) Information as to each item of expenditure of the elected local policing body in relation to travel by, accommodation for, or the subsistence, (included within the expense claims of each office holder) of, a relevant office holder, including the recipient of the funds, the purpose of the expenditure and the reasons why the elected local policing body considered that good value for money would be obtained.

4. In relation to the property, rights and liabilities of the elected local policing body

(a) The identity of any premises or land owned by, or occupied for the purposes of, the elected local policing body;

(b) A copy of each contract with a value exceeding £10,000 to which –

(i) the elected local policing body, or

(ii) A copy of each invitation to tender issued by the elected local policing body or the chief officer of the police force maintained by the body, in relation to a contract which the body or chief officer (as the case may be) expects will have a value exceeding £10,000;

(d) A list of every contract with a value not exceeding £10,000 to which –

(i) the elected local policing body, or

(g) information as to each item of expenditure of –

(i) the elected local policing body, or

(ii) the chief officer of the police force maintained by the body, is or is to be a party, including the value of the contract, the identity of every other party to the contract and the purpose of the contract.

5. In relation to the decisions of the elected local policing body

(a) The date, time and place of each public meeting to be held by the elected local policing body;

(b) A copy of the agenda for each public meeting held by the elected local policing body, and any report or other document that is the subject matter of an item on the agenda;

(c) A copy of the minutes of each public meeting held by the elected local policing body, and of each meeting which is not a public meeting but at which matters of significant public interest arising from thee exercise of the body’s functions are discussed

(d) A record of each decision of significant public interest arising from the exercise of the elected local policing body’s functions, whether made by the body or as a result of a meeting or otherwise.

6. In relation to the policies of the elected local policing body

(a) A statement of the policy of the elected local policing body in relation to the conduct of relevant office holders, including procedures for the handling of qualifying complaints and conduct matters (within the meaning of section 31 of the 2011 Act);

(b) A statement of the policy of the elected local policing body in relation to the making of decisions of significant public interest arising from the exercise of the body’s functions

(c) A statement of the policy of the elected local policing body in relation to records management, including procedures for the security and sharing of information and the retention and destruction of documents;

(d) A statement of the policy of the elected local policing body in relation to the handling of qualifying disclosures (within the meaning of section 43B of the Employment Rights Act 1996).

 

7. In relation to the prevention of crime and disorder

A copy of any report required by the elected local policing body from the responsible authorities for a local government area under section 7(1) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998(b). 

7A. Key national priorities for policing –

In relation to the key national priorities for policing, as communicated to elected local policing bodies by the Secretary of State –

(a) a statement on the contribution of the police force maintained by the elected local policing body to achieving improvements against those priorities; –

(b) an explanation of which of the national priorities are assessed to be applicable and which not applicable in the context of the relevant police area and the reasons for that assessment.

The national priorities for policing are specified in the Police and Crime Measures, these are to: reduce murder and other homicide; reduce serious violence; disrupt drugs supply and county lines; reduce neighbourhood crime; tackle cyber crime; and improve satisfaction among victims with a particular focus on victims of domestic abuse. These Measures will be kept under review and further crime types may be added in the future.

Information on how Bedfordshire Police Force is performing against the National Crime and Policing Measures can be found here.  

Subsequent reviews and updates will be published in accordance with the requirements of the Order, as amended. Quarterly updates will be made following the publication of quarterly crime statistics.

7B. HMICFRS Inspections and Reports –

In relation to inspections and reports by the inspectors of constabulary under section 54(2) of the Police Act 1996 (appointment and functions of inspectors of constabulary) (2), the most recent—

(a) annual report on the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of the police force maintained by the elected local policing body;

(b) summary assessment of the performance of the police force maintained by the elected local policing body.

The current HMICFRS Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy (PEEL) Inspection of Bedfordshire Police Force and the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioners response can be found here.

All HMICFRS Inspections and Reports can be found on the HMIC page on our website. 

7C. Reporting in relation to complaints –

In relation to complaints concerning the police force maintained by the elected local policing body—

(a) the most recent—

(i)  quarterly data in relation to that police force

IOPC Complaints Statistics – Your Local Police Force

(ii) annual statistics report,

IOPC Complaints Statistics

published by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (available in the above links);

(b) a report setting out—

(i) details of how the elected local policing body has fulfilled its duty under—

(aa) in the case of police and crime commissioners, section 1(8)(ca) of the 2011 Act (police and crime commissioners)(3) to hold the chief constable to account for the exercise of the chief constable’s functions under Part 2 of the Police Reform Act 2002(4) in relation to the handling of complaints;

Complaints Handling – Information on Reviews, Chief Constable Complaints and Dip Sampling of Bedfordshire Police complaints

(ii) an assessment by the elected local policing body of its performance in exercising its functions under paragraph 30(1)(b) of Schedule 3 to the Police Reform Act 2002 (reviews: the relevant review body)(6); –

PCC Assessment of performance in relation to Complaint Reviews

(iii) where the elected local policing body has given notice to the chief officer of the police force maintained by the body under section 13A of the Police Reform Act 2002 (local policing bodies: functions in relation to complaints)(7) that it is to exercise certain functions of the chief officer in relation to complaints, an assessment by the body of its performance in exercising those functions.

This is not relevant to Bedfordshire OPCC. For more information on the Complaints Reform please click here.

8. In relation to the Independent Custody Visitor arrangements made under Section 51 of the Police Reform Act

The Independent Custody Visitor arrangements made under section 51 of the Police Reform Act 2002(a), information as to the operation of the arrangements.

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