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Title: Home Office Police Authority Chief Executives Event

Home Office Police Authority Chief Executives
Event Preparing for Police and Crime
Commissioners Home Office
1st Interactive Session
  • Preparing for a new Government
  • Lessons for preparing for PCCs
  • Oscar Ramudo
  • Police Reform Unit
  • Home Office

1. Preparing for PCCs their priorities (1 of 3)
  • Follow media identify key issues raised in
    debates, news, interviews
  • Analyse your candidates backgrounds look at
    skills, experience, special interests, use
    Google, Wikipedia etc
  • Ensure all candidates get equal access to
    information dont do something for one
    candidate that you are not prepared to do for

1. Preparing for PCCs their priorities (2 of 3)
  • Read manifestos and think about
  • What policies will need consultation
  • What can be implemented immediately
  • How to time delivery
  • Information that the PCC may/will require to make
    informed decisions about delivering manifesto
    promises - identify potential risks and
  • The actions you take during your first three
    months in a new job will largely determine where
    you succeed or fail. Transitions are a period of
    opportunity, a chance to start afresh and to make
    needed changes in an organisation. But they are
    also periods of acute vulnerability because you
    lack established working relationships and a
    detailed understanding of your new role. If you
    fail to build momentum during your transition,
    you will face an uphill battle from that point.
  • Michael Watkins, The First 90 Days, p.1

1. Preparing for PCCs their priorities (3 of 3)
  • Briefing content initially for candidates and
    then for PCCs
  • Feeding into National level briefing centrally
    commissioned via project 5b of the PCC Transition
  • Local level locally commissioned via APACE with
    some Central Government and input
  • Regional level locally commissioned to form
    part of wider local level briefing eg
    collaboration agreements
  • Example briefings will be made available
  • Important to minimise burden on police forces
    when producing material for candidate/PCC
  • when commissioning material ensure that
  • The task is clear with clear deadlines a clear
    example to follow
  • Support is available to forces if they have any
  •  We emphasise that the vast majority of material
    required should already exist in some form
  • We emphasise that this process is designed to
    save them time in the long run

2. What PCCs will want need to know about the
force issues locally (that they may not already
  • Different approaches to briefing consider what
    format to use
  • Oral, written, long, short, PowerPoint, Word
  • Dont assume they know it, dont assume they will
    read it
  • Performance data including examples of actions
    underway to minimise bureaucracy?
  • Criminal Justice Performance?
  • HMIC reports?
  • Demographics?
  • Public perception?
  • Social and economic?
  • Imagine preparing for a new job by working flat
    out travelling the country for six weeks and then
    go a few nights without sleep.
  •            Alistair Campbell, Diaries, Thursday,
    1 May 1997

3. Presenting local challenges issues
  • PCCs will have a partial picture regardless of
    how informed they are
  • Completing the picture to assist delivery without
    obstructing is key to gaining their trust
  • The transition of power between administrations
    places the spotlight on the permanent
    institutions of the state .... The leaders of
    the permanent public service provide continuity
    between administrations. Their ability to earn
    and retain the trust of successive
    administrations is a critical factor in the
    smooth transition of power from one group of
    elected officials to another.
  • Public Policy Forum, 2001, p.27

Table discussions Preparing for the 1st 100 days
  • Question A for Tables 1, 2 3
  • After youve said welcome hello, what next?
    Identify 10 broad issues to be dealt with for
  • Day 1
  • Week 1
  • Month 1
  • Question B for Tables 4 5
  • How do you prepare to deliver your PCCs
    priorities and what else should they also
    prioritise for their area post election?
  • Question C for Tables 6, 7 8
  • What are the challenges for those new to working
    in the public sector/CJS? How to address them?
  • What are the challenges for those experienced in
    working in the public sector/CJS? How to
    address them?

2nd Interactive Session
  • Working with Ministers, PCCs Elected Office
  • Gareth Redmond
  • Police Transparency Unit
  • Home Office

1. Your PCC (1 of 3)
  • Establishing an effective relationship with your
  • Need to understand and establish your PCCs
    preferences early
  • Consider organisational issues in advance,
    analysing strengths and weaknesses of your
    existing team with potential options for how to
    form the OPCC
  • Expect change be prepared to move away from
    existing ways of working and taking a new and
    fresh approach

1. Your PCC (2 of 3)
  • Promoting delivering your PCCs decisions
  • Must help your PCC to promote and defend their
    decisions, even if you advised against them it
    is vital that their programmes are professionally
    promoted and defended in order to achieve their
  • You will be responsible for delivery and
    implementing on the ground, whether that be
    delivery directly or indirectly through others
    focus on ensuring the delivery of worthwhile
    outcomes, working closely with delivery partners
    both inside and outside the police

1. Your PCC (3 of 3)
  • Supporting your PCC
  • Ensure you control access to your PCC in a
    constructive way plan out who they would want
    to meet in the first few days, weeks, month
  • Get involved in priorities both development and
    forward planning
  • Manage the workload briefing requests,
    speeches, diary invitations, letters, scrutiny
    meetings and record and follow up actions
    including commitments made on visits, in phone
    calls etc
  • Adopt a strategic approach to communications

2. Informing/Making Policy
  • Informing your PCCs decisions
  • Be prepared to give frank advice to your PCC
    before they make decisions
  • they will need it
  • Advice should be private, honest, informed and
    expect to face them with the truth even when it
    turns up in an inconvenient form

3. Effective ways of doing business
  • Single accountability vs collective
  • Consider potential governance models for single
    accountability and consider suitable options for
    your force area depending on existing structures
    within the force and their preferences for
    performance management frameworks and perceptions
    of key risks in the area etc
  • Be prepared to throw out the received wisdom on
    how things are done and dont get stuck
    defending past policies or the status quo. There
    needs to be a fresh mindset and approach

Table discussions Working with Ministers, PCCs
and Elected Office Holders
  • Question A for Tables 6, 7 8
  • Your PCC
  • What are the different ways of working that PCCs
    may bring with them?
  • How do you plan to identify these alter
    existing ways of working?
  • Question B for Tables 1 2
  • Informing/Making policy
  • When/in what circumstances will you advise?
  • What form will it take?
  • Question C for Tables 3, 4 5
  • Single accountability vs collective
  • What are the challenges?
  • How to address them?

Next Steps
  • Feeding back the top ten issues we have heard

Summary of the key points raised throughout the
Chief Executives Event (1 of 2)
  • Take a constructive stance be in no doubt of
    the legitimacy of the office. They are entitled
    to implement their agenda.
  • Establish a working relationship in person rather
    than through endless pages of advice
  • Change in
  • risk - political, personal decisions and how this
    is to be approached not just by the PCC but also
    the CC
  • functions - governance strategic direction
    moving to governance executive decision making
  • governance - getting things done, gearing up now
    for November
  • Preparing for day one - understanding the
    manifesto, diary, engagement with media,
    establishing maintaining relationship with LAs
    other partners.

Summary of the key points raised throughout the
Chief Executives Event (2 of 2)
  • Quickly deciphering what are firm commitments
    what are aspirations, utilising local strategic
    assessments, knowing other partners priorities as
    well as keeping an eye on the national!
  • Establishing working relationships with Chief
    Constables will be key
  • Honest and clear advice with pros and cons set
  • Personalities cannot be planned for but must be
    quickly adapted too expect variation
  • In terms of Partners clarity is required on
    guidance Home Office will produce some but PCCs
    are part of localised agenda
  • Importance of partners engage them locally on

CPG and Police Authority Chief Executives
Proposed Buddying Scheme
  • Purpose and aim 
  • Allow Chief Executives to get an insight into
    what it is like to work with elected individuals
    (Ministers) and deal with the demands that may
  • Assist Chief Executives to understand how their
    roles may change when PCCs take office
  • Provide CPG colleagues with real-life exposure to
    the preparations required to transition and
    implement a flagship Government policy on the
    ground and have the chance to make the most of
    any exposure resulting from the proposal to
    identify any opportunities to deliver our
  • Help CPG/Home Office to inform how we will need
    to alter our ways of working to best fit the new
    policing landscape
  • Allow all to establish mutually beneficial
    relationships, which can be continued once PCCs
    take up office

CPG and Police Authority Chief Executives
Proposed Buddying Scheme
  • Interested?
  • How to sign up
  • Each table has a sign up sheet
  • Please complete it with all your details and we
    will be in touch
  • If youd like any further information contact
  • Sirin Ge?men
  • sirin.gecmen_at_homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
  • 020 7035 8971
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