The purpose of this statement is to give clarity to the way the two organisations, the police and crime commissioner and chief constable, will be governed both jointly and separately, to do business in the right way, for the right reason at the right time.
The principle statutory framework within which the organisations will operate is:
- Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (PRSRA11, the Act);
- Policing Protocol Order 2011 (the Protocol);
- Financial Management Code of Practice;
- Strategic Policing Requirement.
This framework creates a public sector relationship, based upon a commissioner – provider arrangement but with unique elements such as the single elected commissioner and the operational independence of the chief constable. It is therefore not appropriate to import corporate governance arrangements into this environment but to build upon existing good governance principles and experience.