PCC welcomes visit from Committee on Standards in Public Life
A COMMITTEE, which advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards in public life, has paid a visit to Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Essex.
The Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) is a non-departmental public body which monitors and reports on issues relating to the standards of conduct of all public office holders.
As part of a national inquiry into the accountability, leadership and ethics of local policing, the CSPL paid a visit to Mr Alston, Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and Cllr John Jowers, chair of the Police and Crime Panel.
CSPL panel members Sheila Drew Smith and Patricia Moberly visited Mr Alston’s office in Hoffmanns Way, Chelmsford on Monday to hear about his work to support and challenge Essex Police. They also found out more about how PCCs themselves are held to account by police and crime panels.
The committee is also visiting a selection of other police forces in England before producing a report with recommendations for the Prime Minister.
Mr Alston said: “Accountability, integrity, ethics and the leadership needed in local policing are all the things that I am striving to achieve within Essex.
“Therefore it was a great pleasure to welcome the CSPL to the county to discuss those very principles.”
The CSPL also met with members of the public and victims’ groups which work alongside Essex Police and the PCC.
The committee’s report will be published after the 2015 general election.