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Humberside Police Commissioner Praised for Openness

Humberside Police

3:27pm 13th November 2013

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove has been recognised as one of the best in the country for Transparency.

In a survey conducted by CoPaCC, an organisation set up to scrutinise the performance of PCC’s, all 41 PCC offices in in England and Wales, plus the London Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime were audited to check how much information they made available to the public on their websites. Twenty five different disclosures were checked including financial information, decision making and freedom of information. Matthew Grove’s office was ranked second overall.

Following the announcement Matthew said: “The introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners a year ago promised a better way for the public to hold their police force to account through their Commissioner. To do that effectively, it is vital that I run my office in an open and transparent way. I am the public’s servant and from day one I promised to be as accessible as possible, make all relevant information available to the public and deliver better value for money. I have already made substantial savings compared to my predecessor the Police Authority and will continue to do so.

To be recognised as one of the best PCC’s in the country for Transparency is proof I am delivering on that promise and a tribute to the staff in my office who have worked hard to achieve this.

In addition to my website, my Twitter and Facebook pages, I make myself available to the public face to face by holding Street Surgeries every other Saturday morning, attending meetings of councils, community groups and residents. I hold victim’s surgeries monthly as well as dealing with individual issues raised by residents. I believe this makes me the most accessible PCC in the country.”        

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