The Police and Crime Commissioner has a duty to engage with the public to discuss the service they receive from the police.
Alison Hernandez and members of her team attend many events which the public can attend to talk about their experiences and those of their communities. If you want to find out when the team is next in your area please visit the OPCC calendar.
The police and crime commissioner also attends the quarterly Police and Crime Panel, which are open to the public and press to observe.
Police and Crime Panel
The Police and Crime Panel supports and challenges the PCC in carrying out their functions. The panel has the power to request reports and call the PCC to attend its meetings.
The Police and Crime Commissioner issues progress reports on delivering towards the objectives within the Police and Crime Plan and of the performance of the OPCC.
The PCC reports to the Police and Crime Panel regularly. This information is available from the Panel’s website here (external site).
Independent Audit Committee
The statutory Financial Management Code of Practice (FMCP) requires that an Audit Committee is established which is independent of both the Police Force and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
The Independent Audit Committee (IAC) consists of six members and has the following key functions:
- To provide general comment, advice and assurance on matters relating to the internal control environment of the Force and the Office of the PCC (OPCC)
- To have oversight of general governance matters and to provide comments on any new or proposed PCC policies and strategies or changes to existing relevant policies and strategies which, in the opinion of the Chief Financial Officers, are significant with regard to risk and probity
- Where the Committee has concerns about a specific governance or audit matter it may request that the relevant policy or strategy be presented to the Committee in order that assurance may be obtained and constructive comment provided where appropriate
The primary role of the Committee is to provide the PCC and the Chief Constable with reassurance in respect of their internal control measures and environment. More detail on the operation and role of the Committee is provided in the linked Terms of Reference document here.
The IAC membership comprises of:
Helen Donnellan (Independent Member)
Tom Grainger (Independent Member)
Amanda Gallaher (Independent Member)
Gordon Mattocks (Independent Member)
Linda Williams (Independent Member)
Malcolm Smith (Independent Member)
Nicola Allen (Treasurer for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon and Cornwall)
Frances Hughes (Chief Executive for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon and Cornwall)
Alexis Garlick (Chief Finance Officer for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dorset)
Simon Bullock (Chief Executive for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dorset)
Sandy Goscomb (Director of Finance and Resources for Devon and Cornwall Police)
John Jones (Finance Director for Dorset Police)
The Chair of the Committee can be contacted here.
The Joint Audit Committee (JAC) Devon and Cornwall and Joint Independent Audit Committee (JIAC) Dorset were formed in October 2012 prior to the election for the Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in November 2012. The establishment of the Committees was in accordance with the requirements of the Financial Management Code of Practice (FMCP) for the Police Service for England and Wales as published in January 2012.
Appointments were made to the Committees and, to ensure continuity, members were recruited for a mixture of three and five years.
The Committees operated independently of each other and had a number of functions which included the reviewing and consideration of the Statement of Final Accounts, Financial and Treasury Management information, approval of governance items, consideration of internal control systems, assurance relating to Corporate Risk Management, approval, reviewing and consideration of internal and external audit reports.
The Committees sit in an advisory capacity to both Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables.
All members were recruited from the local community and had extensive finance, audit and scrutiny knowledge and experience. All members served since the Committee's inception in 2012. In October 2014 a shadow Strategic Alliance Audit Committee was formed and operated in parallel to the existing joint audit committees for each organisation.
Arrangements were made for the Committees to meet on a quarterly basis to receive and consider appropriate reports to effectively discharge its responsibilities as defined within the Terms of Reference, thus providing public confidence in the governance of policing in Devon and Cornwall and Dorset.
Transition to New Arrangements
The two Chief Constables and the two PCCs agreed with the recommendation to constitute a new single audit committee to service the four legal entities through the realignment, and renaming of the Strategic Alliance Audit Committee (SAAC), Joint Audit Committee (JAC) and Joint Independent Audit Committee (JIAC).
Therefore, the existing Joint Audit Committee (JAC) for Devon and Cornwall and the Joint Independent Audit Committee (JIAC) for Dorset have been formed into a single Independent Audit Committee (IAC), working across both forces and OPCCs.
The single Independent Audit Committee meets at regular intervals during the year in order to review, scrutinise, challenge and provide reassurance over internal control and governance arrangements across both Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police. They report equally to both Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners.
Future meetings and papers (Open items)
|Tuesday 23 July 2019||Dorset Police HQ, Winfrith||TBC|
|Tuesday 24 September 2019||Devon and Cornwall Police HQ, Middlemoor||TBC|
|Tuesday 17 December 2019||Dorset Police HQ, Winfrith||TBC|
Previous meetings and papers (Open items)
|Tuesday 2 April 2019||Devon and Cornwall Police HQ, Middlemoor|
|Tuesday 11 December 2018||Dorset Police HQ, Winfrith|
|Tuesday 18 September 2018||Devon and Cornwall Police HQ, Middlemoor|
|Tuesday 17 July 2018||Dorset Police HQ, Winfrith|
|Tuesday 13 March 2018||Devon and Cornwall Police HQ, Middlemoor|
|Friday 8 December 2017||Dillington House, Somerset|
Committee Annual Reports
Future Annual Reports will be published here.