Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has laid down a series of plans to help him to monitor force performance and ensure policing is transparent.
In his official role as the PCC, Commissioner Tipping is tasked with championing the public voice at every opportunity and ensuring executive decisions reflect the needs of the community. This requires open access to all aspects of policing in order to scrutinise standards, identify areas where improvement is needed and hold the Chief Constable to account.
The Commissioner has now formally agreed a new structure which will enable him to carry out his scrutiny role effectively and ensure those living and working in Nottinghamshire receive the best from their force. These arrangements include monthly Strategic Resources and Performance meetings and Community Stakeholder Forums to analyse performance progress and identify areas of weakness which need attention. The Commissioner is also implementing bi-lateral meetings between himself and the Chief Constable on a weekly basis to consider short-term performance, receive briefings on significant incidents and events and to oversee communication activity between the force and the Commissioner’s office. The first Strategic Resources and Performance meeting will be held on the 21 May 2013.
The Commissioner works with a number of public sector partners to deliver the priorities and targets set out in his Police and Crime Plan. To ensure these organisations share the same vision to keep Nottinghamshire safe, he has organised for meetings to be held on a quarterly basis with the chairs of these key organisations to encourage closer working. These partnerships include the Safer Nottinghamshire Board, Nottingham Crime and Drug Partnership, District Community Safety Partnerships, Health and Wellbeing Boards (City and County) Safeguarding Adults Board (City and County), Nottinghamshire Criminal Justice Board and Youth Offending Team Boards (City and County).
Commissioner Tipping said: “In a nutshell, the system I’ve set up puts me in the best possible position to supervise what is happening within local policing to make sure it tallies with what our communities are asking for and that resources and public money is being used sensibly.
“The public is my biggest partner in this role and these governance arrangements are really aimed at removing some of the walls in policing so that normal people can look inside the force and feel confident and reassured that everything is in hand to make Nottinghamshire a safer place to live.”
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Posted on Tuesday 30th April 2013