An introduction to CoPaCC

Five facts about CoPaCC:
  • a growing number of forces, Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCCs) and Police and Crime Panels (PCPs) are subscribing to the CoPaCC Report as a way of comparing their PCC’s work with that of the other 40
  • the majority of Police and Crime Panels were represented at a CoPaCC “PCCs & Panels” conference
  • six of the nine companies previously shortlisted for a major West Midlands Police contract now also subscribe to our CoPaCC Report
  • the late Bob Jones, West Midlands’ first PCC, won our first “Gold Award” for PCC Transparency, and referred to this in his Newsnight interview that evening.
  • these CoPaCC Transparency Awards were based on the results of our Transparency Thematic, which was supported by UK policing’s largest external auditor, Grant Thornton
In early 2014, CoPaCC CEO Bernard Rix gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry into the work of Police and Crime Commissioners. Bernard appeared before the Committee on Tuesday 21st January 2014. The Committee published its “Police and Crime Commissioners: progress to date” report, which included over a dozen references to the evidence that Bernard Rix and CoPaCC provided.
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An introduction to CoPaCC

CoPaCC Compares Police and Crime Commissioners.

We produce a regular subscriber-only report consolidating “public domain” activities of Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales. This detailed monthly “CoPaCC Report” – for which there is a charge – funds the work we undertake. In addition, we organise PCC-related conferences, have published our first Thematic on “PCCs Statutory Transparency, and publish free-to-access material on this website (and on the blog of CoPaCC’s founder, Bernard Rix) to facilitate comparison of PCCs’ work. The work we do reflects our belief that regular comparisons of PCCs’ work are essential, both in identifying good practice and in maintaining public confidence in what PCCs are there to do. In its May 2013 report on PCCs, the Home Affairs Select Committee makes this very same point:

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Members of our team are well placed to undertake these comparisons, having provided independent expert advice over many years on policing and related services such as community safety and criminal justice. Together, we have provided support to every single police force in the British Isles, as well as others in Europe and the Middle East. We have also worked with related organisations across public, private and third sector, including the Home Office, Scottish Office, Crown Prosecution Service, Ministry of Justice and Crimestoppers. This work has – amongst other benefits – improved police investigation of burglary, cut court delays, given victims a better service, helped community relations and enhanced police officer safety.

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