Commissioner's 'zero tolerance' policies promote openness
DERBYSHIRE'S police and crime commissioner, Alan Charles, has published new guidelines to promote honesty and openness in the public role.
Two new policy documents have been drawn up which set out the organisation's "zero tolerance" approach to corruption.
As part of this, the commissioner, his deputy and any office staff must declare in a public register any offers of gifts or hospitality which are in any way related to their work in relation to policing.
This register will be held by the office of the police and crime commissioner's chief executive, Phil Harper, and made available to the public on request to ensure accountability.
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The guidance also encourages staff to raise any concerns they have about policies and procedures including anything they believe to be unlawful, against its code of conduct, below standards or practices and places responsibility on the chief executive to investigate allegations.
Mr Charles has also published separate guidance in the form of the public interest disclosure or a whistle-blowing policy.
This document is designed to allow staff in the commissioner's office to raise at a high level any concerns or information which they believe in good faith provides evidence of misconduct.
Mr Charles said: "The public has heard much talk of accountability since the proposals for PCCs were first discussed.
"These policies, I hope, address some of their questions as to what accountability really means to them. In short, we are building an organisation which places honesty, openness and integrity at the heart of everything it does, from our decision-making and the way we run our day-to-day business to the people we hire and the way we spend public funds.
"The public needs to have confidence and trust in us and this is only possible by enforcing strict standards of conduct and leading by example."