Report of the Commissioner of Police
The Sub-Committee received a report of the Commissioner of Police that provided Members with an overview of activity undertaken within the last reporting period, since the last meeting on 26 September, in response to reports published by HMICFRS.
The Chairman noted that the skills audit was a reoccurring issue. The Assistant Commissioner explained that this became a recommendation in 2015, with a 5-year plan subsequently implemented. He explained that they were now just over halfway through the Police staff audit, but with its conclusion now expected in the first half of 2018. He explained that the new HR Origins system being implemented will help in this regard. The Chairman noted that the latest updates on this had been positive, and the Assistant Commissioner confirmed that there had been 10 new areas marked “GREEN” and two new areas marked “RED”. The Assistant Commissioner explained that following an inspection in early November, 3 areas had been marked as outstanding: Vulnerable Victims, Victim Care in ECD and Internal Vulnerable Individuals.
A Member asked for confirmation of when the PEEL Legitimacy report would be published. The Assistant Commissioner explained that this publication date had been pushed back by HMICFRS to 12 December 2017.
A Member asked whether the CoLP were implementing changes by the deadlines because they are encouraged by the HMICFRS, or vice versa. The Assistant Commissioner explained that these deadlines were sometimes given by HMICFRS following inspections, and sometimes no deadline is given and they are set internally. The Member stated that the dates and deadlines were unclear for some of the recommendations, and that there appeared to be a number which over ran. The Assistant Commissioner clarified that this was often because of dependencies on other deliverables so slippage did occur.
The Chairman enquired as to whether vulnerability was an area of concern. The Assistant Commissioner confirmed that there was a Vulnerability Action Plan in place. The T/ Chief Inspector of Economic Crime confirmed that he had attended the Force Vulnerability Steering Group. This monitored the delivery of the action plan and was highly productive. It was noted that the Lead member for Vulnerability and Safeguarding was a Member of this Group.
Members illustrated their disappointment at the delay in updating the website to include “you said, we did” section, with the deadline for completion moved from April 2017 to February 2018.
A Member asked whether the CoLP website was compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). They emphasised that if it was not, then it would pose a significant challenge to do so. The Assistant Commissioner said he would confirm. (11) Another Member explained that the GDPR requirements were presented at the last meeting of the Audit & Risk Management Committee on 28 November.
RESOLVED – That the report be received.