What scrutiny means
The PCC for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly defines scrutiny as:
A practical tool to explore an issue objectively, in detail and from multiple perspectives, often using a range of information, with the purpose of achieving a specific outcome. That ‘outcome’ could be to:
- learn something
- inform the PCC’s view on something (their policy)
- challenge how we do things and make improvements to policing
- ask communities for their views to help improve something
- hold the Chief Constable to account
Scrutiny is not an inspection or disciplinary process. It can be carried out by the PCC, the PCC’S staff and specially set up panels.
Devon and Cornwall Police can and do carry out their own internal assurance processes to learn and develop as an organisation, but the PCC must always carry out their own independent scrutiny of the police.