Bob Jones receives award for openness and transparency

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has been recognised for running the most open and transparent PCC's office in England and Wales. 

Following a review by independent scrutiny body CoPaCC (Comparing Police and Crime Commissioners) and audit firm Grant Thornton, Bob's office came out in front of 42 PCC offices and today was presented with the "Gold Award".

Speaking about the award, Bob Jones said,

"The fact that we are judged to be best nationally is a vindication of the approach I've taken that manages the risks inherent in the PCC system, including encouraging the development of community-led local policing and crime boards and being the only PCC to set up an inclusive strategic policing and crime board with Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Labour and independent members.  This award reflects work across many departments both in my office and West Midlands Police, such as finance, information services and internal audit.  I am grateful to CoPaCC and Grant Thornton for this award and grateful too for the work that goes into producing, collating and publishing all this information."

Bernard Rix, CoPaCC Chief Executive, said,

"I am delighted to present the CoPaCC PCC Transparency 2013 Gold Award to Bob Jones and his team. This CoPaCC Award recognises outstanding work by the PCC and his office in meeting statutory transparency requirements - and the West Midlands Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner were without doubt the very best."

John Gregory, Public Sector Assurance Director from Grant Thornton UK LLP said,

"Grant Thornton's public sector team are very pleased to be associated with this award, which gives due credit to Bob Jones and his colleagues at West Midlands Police. Meeting the transparency requirements is a key part of developing the high standards of governance which lie at the heart of public services."

Pictured below:

Bernard Rix, Chief Executive of CoPaCC, presents Bob with the "Gold Award", together with John Gregory from Grant Thornton and representatives from some of the teams and departments that compile and publish statutory information for the Force and the office of the PCC.

CoPaCC award presentation 2

Front l-r: Bernard Rix and Bob Jones

Rear l-r: Chief Constable Chris Sims, Head of Finance & Procurement Caroline Jones, Director of Resources David Wilkin, Public Sector Assurance Director from Grant Thornton UK LLP John Gregory, Head of Procurement Leigh Jones, Deputy West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito, Policy Manager Jonathan Jardine, Audit Manager Ben Jarrett, Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Sharon Rowe. 

The CoPaCC thematic research was supported by audit firm Grant Thornton, and the research was based on the information set out in the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information Order) 2011, organised by six statutory transparency themes:

- who they are and what they do;
- what they spend and how they spend it;
- what their priorities are and how they are doing;
- how they make, record and publish their decisions;
- what policies and procedures govern the office of PCC; and
- public access to a register of interests.
For more information on the award, see here:
For Bob's analysis of the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners, see his first year School Report.

Look here for the Transparency section of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner website, which includes the data considered by the review.