The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN) has received a prestigious national award for openness and transparency.
The OPCCN was one of a handful of Police and Crime Commissioners’ offices to receive an inaugural Quality Mark for Transparency from CoPaCC, a national organisation which monitors police governance.
The Quality Mark was presented by Lord Bew, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life and Bernard Rix, Chief Executive of CoPaCC.
Chief Executive, Mark Stokes, Business Manager, Martin Barsby and PCC Stephen Bett collected the award on behalf of the OPCCN.
Based in Wymondham, the OPCCN supports and promotes the work of the PCC for Norfolk. Earlier this year the office produced a video explaining the role of PCCs in 60 seconds which has now been viewed by thousands of people online. The office also live tweets key meetings and produces online summaries for those who want to catch up later. Easy Read versions of important documents and reports are also published in consultation with members of the Norfolk Constabulary’s Disability Advisory Forum.
Mark Stokes said: “This award is very much for the team at the OPCCN and recognises their hard work in making sure the office is open and transparent. Promptly and clearly publishing key information on where public money is being spent and what decisions are being made is frankly what we should be doing – but we have made a concerted effort to go further. We are being innovative and looking to communicate and engage in interesting and accessible ways. The team is delighted to receive this award but we are not complacent and are constantly looking to improve.”
Stephen Bett, said: “I congratulate the office on this prestigious accolade. The team at the OPCCN deserves this national recognition; they are building a reputation for excellence locally and more widely and go from strength to strength.”
Bernard Rix said: “Nine PCCs’ offices have, in CoPaCC’s 2015 national assessment, consistently demonstrated that they are transparent in what they do. They present key information in an accessible format on their websites and I congratulate them on their good work.”
Left to right – Business Manager, Martin Barsby, Chief Executive, Mark Stokes, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Lord Bew, Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett and Bernard Rix, Chief Executive of CoPaCC