In 2018 it was collectively agreed that new governance arrangements were required in order for the Commissioner’s duties to be effectively carried out and evidenced. These arrangements better deliver the Commissioner’s statutory duties, as well as providing effective scrutiny of South Wales Police and to more effectively monitor the implementation of the Commissioner’s priorities.
The diagram below illustrates the Force’s governance arrangements through which we will deliver our objectives, ensuring accountability, fairness and transparency. It provides us with a strong focus on understanding the requirements and drivers of policing South Wales and the need for all decisions to be traceable back to the Police and Crime Plan 2019 - 23.
The governance arrangements are designed to provide both leadership and appropriate accountability. The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 created two separate “corporations soles” within each Police Force – the Chief Constable and the Police & Crime Commissioner. They have clear and separate roles and responsibilities which are interdependent and well understood in South Wales. The operational independence of the Chief Constable is protected in legislation, and he is responsible for the delivery of the priorities set out in the Commissioner’s Police & Crime Plan. The Commissioner is required to promote crime reduction and partnership working, protect the operational independence of police officers, be the voice of the public (especially victims) and hold the Chief Constable to account.
In South Wales the Commissioner and Chief Constable have agreed that, whilst being mindful of their respective roles and responsibilities, these and other requirements are best delivered through a partnership approach of mutual support and challenge. They have developed shared principles of co-operation, early intervention and prompt positive action.