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Working with the Chief Constable

The Policing Protocol

The Policing Protocol Order 2011 (statutory instrument) came into force on 16 January 2012 and extends to England and Wales. The Protocol sets out how the new policing governance arrangements will work. It clarifies the role and responsibilities of police and crime commissioners, the mayor's office for policing and crime, chief constables, police and crime panels and the London assembly police and crime panel. It outlines what these bodies are expected to do and how they should work together to fight crime and improve policing.


Policing Protocol_Nov 2011

Strategic Policing Requirement

The Home Secretary has issued the strategic policing requirement (SPR). This replaces the non-statutory shadow SPR the Home Secretary issued in November 2011. Section 77 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 requires the Home Secretary to issue a strategic policing requirement. Police and crime commissioners and chief constables will be required to have regard to the SPR in exercising their respective roles. It focuses on those areas where government has a responsibility for ensuring that sufficient capabilities are in place to respond to serious and cross-boundary criminality and in support of the work of national agencies such as the National Crime Agency. It does not cover areas where chief constables and police and crime commissioners are able to make effective local risk assessments.


Strategic Policing Requirement

The Financial Management Code of Practice

The Financial Management Code of Practice for the police service has been presented to Parliament. The Code is the last of three key documents which make up the framework for new policing accountability arrangements coming into force in November 2012. The other two documents - the Policing Protocol and Strategic Policing Requirement - were published at the end of 2011. 


Financial Management Code of Practice

Local Governance Arrangements

Governance is about how the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner ensures they are doing things right, in a timely, inclusive, open and accountable manner.

This Code of Corporate Governance describes how we discharge our responsibilities in this respect, and particularly our two overarching statutory responsibilities:

  • To secure an efficient and effective local police service; and
  • To hold to account the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary for the exercise of his functions and those of persons under his direction and control.

 Details of the Local Governance Arrangements will be made available in this section in due course.

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