Updated: Mar 6, 2020
Bedfordshire's Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has been awarded the 2020 CoPaCC Open and Transparent Quality Mark for excellence in making statutory information readily and easily accessible to the public.
Comparing Police and Crime Commissioners (CoPaCC) is an organisation that aims for excellence in policing governance and publishes the influential journal Policing Insight. This year's evaluation of the Offices of Police and Crime Commissioners (OPCCs) went further than previous assessments by adopting a 'mystery shopper' approach. PCCs are required to provide to the public, information such as, who they are, what they do, how public money is spent and on what, key priorities and how they are performing etc
The Home Office has made clear that “The public need independent, consistent and clear information on the performance and activities of their PCC. Transparency is essential to promote confidence in the elected PCC. A consistent minimum amount of evidence will also allow the public to compare the performance of their PCC with PCCs elsewhere.”
Commenting on this award, Conservative candidate for Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Festus Akinbusoye said:
"I am delighted with this award, and to see police governance in Bedfordshire being recognised accordingly. One of my five campaign pledges is to lead a Bedfordshire Police that is open and transparent so that public trust in what we do as a Force continues to grow. As your Police and Crime Commissioner, I will ensure that openness remains a key pillar of policing in our county"