Herts OPCC recognised for providing clarity of information
Hertfordshire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has again been nationally recognised for the clarity of information on its website. 

The office has been awarded the CoPaCC Open and Transparent Quality Mark for 2021 for the fourth year running.   CoPaCC conducted an assessment on all OPCCs in England and Wales.  

The assessment was carried out by judges from CoPaCC who use Home Office guidelines to check what information PCC offices should publish and how it is presented. This includes clarity over how public money is spent, policing and crime priorities and decision making processes.  

This year CoPaCC also added further criteria to the judging process - how easy the website is to use and navigate. CoPaCC undertook a ‘mystery shopper’ transparency assessment of every OPCC website in England and Wales.

Bernard Rix, Chief Executive Officer of CoPaCC, said: "It’s no longer acceptable to ‘tick the box’ of technical and legal compliance but then hide the required disclosures through unclear jargon and complex navigation; clear, non-technical language and simple navigation should be the aim to ensure true public transparency.

"These OPCCs present key information in an accessible format on their websites.  I was particularly gratified to see, after seven years of assessments and awards, such high standards delivered by almost all OPCCs."