Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire | WYPCC

Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office attains Transparency Quality Mark

9th March 2020

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has been awarded the CoPaCC Transparency Quality Mark for meeting key information requirements on his office’s website.

The Quality Mark is awarded to PCC’s that comply with requirements as laid out in the Home Office specific guidance for PCCs published in 2013, which is based on the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) Order 2011.

These requirements include publishing key decisions, financial information and policies.

This year CoPaCC also introduced consideration of ‘ease of use’ in their assessment, so that as well as information being ‘present’ and ‘timely’, it also had to be easy to find by a member of the public.

Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “I am delighted to have been awarded this Quality Mark on behalf of the office. Being open and transparent is a key element of the Police and Crime Commissioner role and something that I take very seriously.

“I also welcomed the introduction this year of the ease of use assessment. I want my website to be accessible and easy to use for the communities I serve so it’s pleasing to receive recognition that myself and the office are on the right track.”

CoPaCC assessed 32 PCCs this year with 28 achieving the Quality Mark.

Bernard Rix, CEO of CoPaCC, said: "For my part, these OPCCs have all demonstrated that they are transparent in what they do, meeting relevant legal requirements. They present key information in an accessible format on their websites. I congratulate them all on their award-winning work, and I look forward to what I trust will be continued excellent work by each and every one of them in this area."

Transparency information for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire can be found here https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/how-we-work/transparency