The Commissioner's office and Merseyside Police go through a rigorous auditing process, both internally and externally, to ensure the systems of both organisations are fit for purpose.
The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 require both the Commissioner and the Chief Constable to maintain effective internal audit of their affairs. In order to minimise duplication and bureaucracy and maximise value for money the PCC and Chief Constable have agreed to establish a Shared Internal Audit Service.
The Service is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to help the PCC and Chief Constable accomplish their objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. Internal Audit works closely with other parts of the PCC and Chief Constable’s risk management processes to ensure resources are focussed on those risks that are key to the delivery of business objectives.
The Service operates to Public Sector Internal Auditing Standards issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA) and its work encompasses:
- improving governance arrangements;
- determining the effectiveness of risk management processes;
- assisting in maintaining and improving effective controls.
A Charter sets out Internal Audit’s terms of reference, rights of access, relationships and reporting arrangements. The Charter is approved by both the Commissioner’s Chief Finance Officer and the Chief Constable’s Chief Finance Officer and is endorsed by the Joint Audit Committee. A risk based audit plan is prepared annually and agreed with management of both organisations and is endorsed by the Audit Committee.
Internal audit reports the findings of each review to management and agrees an action plan of issues to be addressed. A report of progress against than audit plan together with summaries of the outcomes of individual audits are provided quarterly to the Audit Committee. The Head of Audit provides an annual audit opinion to support the PCC’s and Chief Constable’s governance processes.
For more information and to view all papers, including minutes and agendas, from these meetings, please see the Audit page.
The OPCM's external auditor is Grant Thornton.
Please find the latest inspection documents relating to the Commissioner's Office and Merseyside Police below:
Annual Report to those charged with Governance 2015-16
Annual Report to those Charged with Governance 2014-15
Annual Report to those Charged with Governance 2013-14
Annual Report to those Charged with Governance 2012-13
Annual Audit Letter for the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable of Merseyside Police for 2015-16
Annual Audit Letter for the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police 2014-15
Annual Audit Letter for the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police 2013-14
Annual Audit Letter for the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police 2012-13
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) independently assesses police forces and policing from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism.
Find out more about HMIC, how it assesses Merseyside Police and how the Commissioner responds to these assessments here.
HMIC Inspection Responses
Section 55(5) of the 1996 Police Act requires all Police and Crime Commissioners to prepare comments on any Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary (HMIC) reports that are published in relation to their force, to forward these to the Home Office and then publish in the manner they see fit.
The PCC has decided to create a dedicated HMIC Inspection Response page so her all responses can be reviewed by you, the tax payers she serves.
Criminal Justice Joint Inspection (CJJI)
The Criminal Justice Joint Inspection (CJJI) brings together the four criminal justice (CJ) inspectorates – of Constabulary, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Prisons and Probation. By working together they inspect elements of the criminal justice system to spur improvements. The CJ Chief Inspectors Group (CJCIG) meets regularly to oversee the delivery of programmes of collaborative working.
The CJJI particularly provides a focus on:
- Systemic issues within the CJS as a whole;
- Identifying and driving cost from the system;
- Addressing risks and public safety;
- Looking at the system end-to-end and the role individual agencies play;
- Universal issues, standards and constraints within the CJS;
- Public reassurance and confidence.
Find out more about the CJJI.
Police and Crime Panel
The Police and Crime Panel (PCP) scrutinise the work of the Commissioner and make sure she is holding the Chief Constable to account and performing his role effectively.
More information on the Panel is available on the Police and Crime Panel page on this website.
Full details of all the meetings, reports and minutes can be found on the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel website.