How we work
The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable work within the following policies. These are reviewed annually (unless otherwise stated).
- Code of Conduct
- Stage 2 Scheme of Transfer
- Fees and Charges for the Supply of Goods & Services 2021/22
- Confidential Reporting (Handling of Qualifying Disclosures) Policy (Formally Whistleblowing)
- 2021/22 Treasury Management and Strategy Statement
- Publication Scheme for the OSPCC
- Code of Practice for Victims of Crime
- OSPCC Risk Management Strategy (Reviewed every 2 years)
- OSPCC Social Media Guidelines
- Standard Terms of Purchase - Goods and Services
- Surrey & Sussex Police Finance Protocol for Collaborated Services
- Policy for the Provision of Financial Assistance to Police Officers and Staff facing Legal Proceedings
Information about our other policies and procedures
Scheme of Governance
The Governance Framework
The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Chief Constable (CC) must ensure that they work in accordance with the law and proper standards, and that public money is safeguarded, properly accounted for, and used economically, efficiently and effectively. The overarching scheme of governance sets out the arrangements in place for effective governance and financial management including the management of risk. It comprises a number of elements as follows;
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Schedule of MOU: The MOU describes how the PCC and Chief Constable will work together and ensure sufficient support in areas such as estate management, procurement, finance, HR, communications and corporate development.
Code of Corporate Governance: how the PCC and Chief Constable achieve the core principles of ‘good governance’.
Financial Regulations: These set out the framework for managing the PCC’s financial affairs
A review of the Scheme in its entirety has recently taken place (April 2022), in consultation with the Joint Audit Committee and colleagues in Surrey Police/OPCC. The next review for the Scheme is due March 2023.
You will find information about how we handle complaints and the rest of our Complaints Policy in our Complaints section.
Subject Access Requests
The Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) allows individuals to ask for a copy of the personal information that is held about them by the OSPCC. This is known as a Subject Access Request.
To make a Subject Access Request, please write to the OSPCC either by post or email [including proof of identity], as follows:
Address: Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Sackville House, Brooks Close, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2FZ
A response will be provided to you within 30 calendar days from the receipt of your request.
Please note that the OSPCC is a separate organisation to Sussex Police and, as such, does not hold information regarding prosecutions, convictions and cautions.
Charging Regimes and Policy
Policies and Procedures for Procurement and Commissioning Arrangements
Our Procurement process is covered within the Financial Regulations.
Within this section you can also find out information relating to:
- Victims Services
- Community Safety
- Restorative Justice
Information about funding made available from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner via the Community Safety Fund and Victims’ Services Fund.
Policies and Procedures for Provision of Services
For information on how we handle requests for information, please visit the Freedom of Information section of our website.
There is currently a review of the business classification scheme for the management of information.
Disposal and Retention Schedule
The OSPCC has a Disposal and Retention Schedule for the maintenance of its records.
Policies and Procedures for the Employment of Staff
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OSPCC) follows the same employment procedures as Sussex Police.