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4 January 2013
As the new Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) take up their place, they have a challenging time ahead of them.
Skills for Justice is keen to support them as they develop their offices and start to deliver within their new responsibilities and powers.
Building on the nationally established Policing Professional Framework (PPF), they recently developed the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) Framework.
Designed in conjunction with those who work in policing governance, the OPCC Framework provides a comprehensive bank of information detailing the functions and workforce skills required for good policing governance. It enables job descriptions to be built easily using individual competencies and personal qualities, allowing for roles to be customised to meet specific needs at the local level whilst using nationally recognised standards to ensure competence, rigour and consistency at the national level. A key benefit of the framework is that it enables the PCC to make crucial decisions around who will deliver the specific OPCC functions. Beyond that, the OPCC Framework will aid recruitment, learning and development, and the Performance and Development Review (PDR) process.
Tricia Holder, Policy Director for the West Yorkshire Police Authority said “The OPCC Framework has been invaluable in identifying the functions needed to support a newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner and for restructuring our office. The National Occupational Standards and personal qualities have helped us to pull together role profile and job descriptions and identified where we need additional capability and capacity.”
Stuart Villers, Employer Relationship Manager for Policing and Law Enforcement said: “We wish the new PCCs every success in their new role. As the Sector Skills Council for policing we are proud to be the custodians of the competence standards and are looking forward to this level of support now being extended to the new Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.”
For further information on the OPCC Framework or how to make the best use of it, please contact Andrea Brookes on 0114 231 7381 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.