Joint Corporate Governance Framework

The Commissioner has consulted with the Chief Constable and has approved the new Joint Corporate Governance Framework.

August 2018

The framework has three sections

1 – Statement of Corporate Governance for the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable

The purpose of this statement is to give clarity to the way that the two corporations sole, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable, will be governed both jointly and separately, to do business in the right way, for the right reason at the right time and ensure efficiency, effectiveness and value for money.

2 – Code of Corporate Governance for the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable

This Code of Corporate Governance sets out how the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable conduct their organisations both jointly and separately in accordance with the Statement of Corporate Governance. It will do this by highlighting the key enablers for ensuring good governance.

3 – Scheme of Corporate Governance for the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable

The Statement of Corporate Governance details the key roles of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Constable and the Chief Finance Officers.

The Code of Corporate Governance describes the strategies, arrangements, instruments and controls adopted to ensure good governance in the two organisations.

This Scheme of Corporate Governance provides a framework which ensures the business is carried out effectively and efficiently, ensuring that decisions are not unnecessarily delayed. It forms part of the overall corporate governance framework of the two organisations. It should be read in the context of the Statement and Code.

This Scheme of Corporate Governance sets out the delegations by the Police and Crime Commissioner to the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Finance Officer, and Consents to the Chief Constable. It also includes delegations by the Chief Constable. It is supported by other instruments such as the financial regulations and contract regulations.

This Scheme of Corporate Governance aims to clarify those powers which, for the benefit of good business practice, are given to the statutory officers. The Police and Crime Commissioner may limit these powers and/or withdraw delegation and the Police and Crime Commissioner may impose reporting arrangements on any authorised powers.

Powers are given to the Chief Constable by laws, orders, rules or regulations.

Also, national conditions of employment give powers to the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Chief Constable and, in the case of police regulations, the Secretary of State for the Home Office.

The powers given to the statutory officers should be exercised in line with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s delegation and consent, the law, standing orders and financial regulations, and also policies, procedures, plans, strategies and budgets.

This Scheme of Corporate Governance does not identify all the statutory duties which are contained in specific laws and regulations.

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