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.
You can find more information about the membership and background of the Committee here. The Chair of the Committee can be contacted here.
You can find more information about the operation and role of the Committee in their Terms of Reference.
You can read the annual report for the Independent Audit Committee here.
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.