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Force Performance

Public Accountability Conference

The Public Accountability Conferences allows the Commissioner to scrutinise Constabulary performance in a transparent and fair process. The Commissioner receives performance updates and thematic reports around priority areas of policing including, domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, sexual offences, rural crime, anti-social behaviour and reducing reoffending. This is supported by regular one to one meetings between the Chief Constable and Commissioner.

To view the latest papers from the Public Accountability Conference please click here.

Find out about Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny

National Crime and Policing Priorities

The Government has set out some key national priorities on crime. These are to:

  • Reduce murder and other homicides
  • Reduce serious violence
  • Disrupt drugs supply and county lines
  • Reduce neighbourhood crime
  • Tackle cyber crime
  • Improve satisfaction among victims – with a particular focus on victims of domestic abuse

The Commissioner supports the importance of these national measures and has incorporated them into his Police and Crime Plan.

The Commissioner seeks assurance from the Chief Constable about performance against these measures at his Public Accountability Conference meetings. Presentations provided by the Constabulary at these meetings include details of how it is contributing to addressing national measures and also give the context for any changes. The conferences also discusses planned actions to address crime levels for any national measures identified as having increased or being of particular concern. Details of the Commissioner’s statements and questions in relation these types of crime can be found in the minutes from the meeting. To view the presentations and minutes, please click here.

The system of Public Accountability Conferences is currently under review. The information we publish in relation to police performance is also being reviewed. This website will be updated with any changes once these are agreed. To read the Commissioner’s statement about the Cumbria Constabulary’s contribution to these measures, please click here.


The Accountability Framework

The COPCC has developed a robust Accountability Framework to monitor the performance of Cumbria Constabulary and to enable scrutiny of the key areas of business. Key performance indicators were set with the Chief Constable at the start of the financial year in support of the objectives within the new police and crime plan.

Monitoring and Accountability

The PCC and Chief Constable carry out a large number of internal inspections each year. These are undertaken by either the Constabulary itself or through the joint programme of linked audits undertaken by internal and external auditors. There are also a number of external inspections undertaken of the Constabulary, by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Reports from external inspections are considered by the PCC. Where actions are required by the Constabulary and as appropriate the necessary improvements are monitored by the PCC through the Public Accountability Conference by progress against action plans. All the PCC’s responses to the HMICFRS inspections of the Constabulary are available on the PCCs website with the full reports available on the HMICFRS website.  Overall there are robust and effective arrangements for ensuring that policing services are delivered in accordance with the PCCs Objectives.

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