In accordance with the provisions of the FoI Act please confirm:
- The person to whom the function of making arrangements for dealing with complaints reported against the Chief Constable has been delegated to,
- The instrument used to delegate the function of making arrangements for dealing with complaints reported against the Chief Constable, for example whether the delegation has been made in accordance with the Scheme of Corporate Governance or any other instrument
- The person identified as being the ‘appropriate authority’ as defined under s. 29.1 (a) (i) of the Police Reform Act 2002, in order to meet the obligations prescribed for the appropriate authority within the IOPC Statutory Guidance on the Police Complaints System
The OPCC’s governance arrangements are set out in the Joint Corporate Governance Framework we share with Cleveland Police.
This document is published on our website and can be accessed at the following link: https://clevelandpcc.mixd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Corporate-Governance-Framework-2020-Final.pdf
At paragraph 3.24, the PCC is identified as the individual responsible for handling complaints and conduct matters in relation to the Chief Constable.
This is subsequently delegated to the Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer at paragraphs 3.4.26 and 3.4.33. When the Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer is not available to carry out these duties (for example, due to a period of illness), they will be the responsibility of the Assistant Chief Executive and Deputy Monitoring Officer.
The Joint Corporate Governance Framework, as linked earlier in this letter is the instrument used to delegate functions.
The PCC is the appropriate authority as defined in the Police Reform Act 2002.