PCC candidates can indicate their intention to sign the Committee’s “Standards Checklist” by providing an appropriate comment at the foot of this article, then contacting the Committee in Standards in Public Life to make their pledge.
Those who have signed are highlighted in Policing Insight’s “Who is standing?” article.
Candidates standing to be Police and Crime Commissioners at the May elections are being asked to sign up to a standards checklist by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Following their inquiry last year into local policing accountability, the Committee is calling for all candidates to declare their approach to conduct, appointments and hospitality so that the public can make an informed judgement when casting their vote.
Lord (Paul) Bew, Chair of the Committee said:
“The introduction of elected Police and Crime Commissioners has undoubtedly shaken things up. The arrival of an ‘unshackled’ democratically accountable figurehead has brought about new ways of working and greater public engagement in many areas. But there have also been concerns about the way some individual PCCs have behaved or the way in which some decisions have been taken. New proposals to give PCCs further powers over fire and rescue services means that ethical standards, scrutiny and accountability are even more important.
“Our role is to help promote the highest standards of behaviour by holders of public office. We hope the media will ask these questions about ethics when interviewing their local candidates and that candidates will publicise their responses on their campaign literature, social media and websites.
”As holders of public office, all PCCs must adhere to the Nolan principles of public life. We are asking all candidates to declare their approach to these important issues up front so that voters can make informed judgements about their future PCC.”
CoPaCC and Policing Insight are partnering with the Committee on Standards in Public Life to publish a list of those candidates who have signed up to the checklist. The definitive list will be published on PolicingInsight.com during April 2016.
PCC candidates can indicate their intention to sign the Committee’s “Standards Checklist” by providing an appropriate comment below, then contacting the Committee in Standards in Public Life to make their pledge.