All elected representatives have a duty to act with honesty and integrity. This ethical framework demonstrates Tony’s commitment to this.
I will abide by the seven standards of conduct recognised as the Nolan Principles, as laid down by the Committee for Standards in Public Life, which apply to all holders of public office. These are detailed in the code of conduct published on my website. This code, as mentioned below, is supported with documents to demonstrate my commitment to be open, transparent, and accountable to the people of Greater Manchester. The principles apply to behaviour and decisions taken in the execution of public office and are consistent with office holders maintaining their rights as politicians to campaign on a political agenda. Tony Lloyd
The Seven Principles
Police and Crime Commissioners should act solely in the public interest and must ensure all decisions reflect this.
The Police and Crime Plan outlines my objectives and commitment to make the police accountable to communities of Greater Manchester.
The Scheme of Governance describes my role and responsibilities as Commissioner and outlines financial and procurement rules and processes.
Decisions taken by me are published on the website, detailing the decision taken, the reasons why, and any financial, legal and/or risk implications.
Police and Crime Commissioners should ensure that all decisions are made with a balanced view and is demonstrably in the public interest. Commissioners should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
When I was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012, I pledged to act with integrity and diligence in my role and to ensure transparency of my decisions. I also signed a code of conduct.
I have in place an integrity hotline where matters about the police can be reported anonymously and procedures are in place to ensure that my office is acting with integrity in all work undertaken. This includes a Staff Code of Conduct which outlines the responsibilities and expectations of those working in my office.
Police and Crime Commissioners carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, are holders of public office and should make choices on merit.
In accordance with the Scheme of Governance I am committed to ensuring that financial regulations and contractual standing orders are adhered to during the procurement of service and awarding of contracts.
I am establishing an Ethics Committee, which will report to me, to provide objective advice around particular issues, including new policy or the deployment of certain police tactics.
I am also introducing a local ombudsman to manage the process for low level complaints against the police. This will ensure that the majority of complaints are overseen independently and expediently.
Additionally, all permanent appointments to my office and the chief officer team at Greater Manchester Police have been made following an open and transparent process.
Police and Crime Commissioners are accountable to the public and must ensure their actions are subject to effective and meaningful scrutiny.
My formal business is conducted through a series of meetings, and all key decisions are published on the website. I also attend meetings of the Police and Crime Panel as required and respond to any questions panel members may have.
I also have an Audit and Accounts Committee and their responsibilities include:
- To provide assurance that an appropriate, effective framework is in place for assessing and managing the key risks (financial and non financial) to both organisations.
- To review the annual statement of accounts and the annual governance statement.
Police and Crime Commissioners should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
I hold public forums where members of the public are encouraged to attend. The dates for these meetings and other public events are provided on my website. The website also contains reports from my office and from Greater Manchester Police which are available for download.
I keep the communities of Greater Manchester informed of my work through available communication and engagement channels
Police and Crime Commissioners have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
The code of conduct requires me to register any personal interests and to inform the monitoring officer of any changes to those interests within 28 days of the changes coming into effect. This register of interests is published on my website, and I have also asked the Deputy Commissioner to do the same.
I also publish details of expenses for myself and my deputy and provide a Gifts Register for my office which details all gifts and hospitality that have been offered and whether these have been accepted or declined.
Police and Crime Commissioners should promote leadership and support the Nolan Principles by leadership and example.
The Nolan Principles, as set out in this document and the code of conduct, are central to the work of the office that I lead and in the decisions that I make. The new Ethics Committee will assist this decision making process to ensure that balanced judgements are made, and key decisions justified.
Complaints about the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner are dealt initially by the local Monitoring Officer. The Monitoring Officer must advise the Police and Crime Panel that a complaint has been received. If the complainant is not satisfied with the response, they are able to contact the Police and Crime Panel directly. Details of how to contact each are provided below:The Monitoring Officer Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester Civic Centre Complex Chorley Road Swinton Salford M27 5DA Police and Crime Panel Lead Chief Executive for Police and Crime No. 1 Riverside Rochdale OL16 1XU