Governance is the act, process or power of governing an organisation.
Good governance allows organisations to do the right thing, in the right way, for the right people, in a timely, open, honest and accountable way. It is vital to effective financial and risk management.
A good governance framework will include the systems, processes, cultures and values used to direct and control organisations and through which they answer to, get involved with and, where appropriate, lead their communities.
The Commissioner has developed a Governance Framework (link to Governance Framework Process Chart in Corporate Governance in Our Policies and Procedures) where the Chief Constable (or Deputy Chief Constable) is held to account in the following business areas:
- Performance (crimes, anti-social behaviour and detections)
- Resources (finance, human resources, learning and development, ICT, procurement, assets and health and safety)
- Professional Standards (complaints and conduct issues)
The Commissioner monitors and reviews performance in these areas and focuses on areas of concern, challenging poor performance.
A series of quarterly briefings are also provided by the Force in other business areas such as protective services (such as protecting vulnerable people, serious and organised crime and counter terrorism), engagement and consultation and partnerships. Significant risks, issues and concerns are highlighted to the Commissioner by exception.
Code of corporate governance
The Code of Corporate Governance (Link to Code of Corporate Governance in Corporate Governance in Our Policies and Procedures) describes how the Commissioner discharges his responsibilities. The Code is consistent with the principles of the CIPFA/SOLACE Framework: Delivering Good Governance in Local Government. This framework sets out best practice for developing and maintaining a local code of governance and for discharging accountability for the proper conduct of public business.
The six core principles (as referenced in the Guidance Note for Police (2012)) are as follows:
- Focussing on the purpose of the PCC and the Force and on outcomes for the community and creating and implementing a vision for the local area;
- Leaders, officers and partners working together to achieve a common purpose with clearly defined functions and roles;
- Promoting values for the PCC and demonstrating the values of good governance through upholding high standards of conduct and behaviour;
- Taking informed and transparent decisions which are subject to effective scrutiny and managing risk;
- Developing the capacity and capability of the PCC, officers of the PCC and the Force to be effective;
- Engaging with local people and other stakeholders to ensure robust public accountability.
The Commissioner's Code incorporates the core good governance principles, develops these in a local context, and sets out the arrangements for reviewing their effectiveness. The Code forms part of the Annual Governance Statement which is considered in June each year.
Integrated scheme of governance
The Integrated Scheme of Governance, provides a framework which makes sure business is carried out efficiently, ensuring that decisions are not unnecessarily delayed
The following Scheme of Consent details the key roles of the Police and Crime Commissioner and, among other things, those functions/powers which he/she consents to the Chief Constable, and if appointed, a Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner exercising. The Commissioner may limit these powers and/or remove consent at any time.
The Commissioner’s and Chief Constable’s scheme of delegation
The PCC’s scheme of delegation details those functions/powers which he/she delegates to his statutory officers (the Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer). The Commissioner may limit these powers and/or remove delegation at any time. The Chief Constable’s Scheme of delegation covers the powers given to the Deputy Chief Constable and Force Chief Finance Officer.
- PCC's scheme of delegation
- Chief Constable's scheme of delegation
- PCC and Chief Constable’s financial and contract regulations
Joint Independent Audit Committee (JIAC)
The Joint Independent Audit Committee (JIAC) provides independent assurance to the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable regarding the adequacy of the risk management framework and the associated control environment.
Internal audit charter
The internal audit charter establishes the purpose, authority and responsibilities for the internal audit service for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire Police.