Posted: Tue 22nd Sep 2020

Updated: Tue 22nd Sep

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner awarded “Transparency Quality Mark” for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

The North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner has been awarded with a Transparency Quality Mark for the way he and his staff work.

It is the fourth time Arfon Jones has been presented with the accolade by CoPaCC, an organisation that monitors police governance.

The award was given for making information accessible on his website so that members of the public can find out easily what he’s doing

Mr Jones, a former police inspector, called for more openness and transparency in public life during the campaign that saw him elected in May 2016.

“I am particularly proud of this particular award because I believe passionately in the importance of being totally open about what I do,” he said.

“People in public office should publish more that the information they are legally obliged to disclose. Openness should be the norm and not the exception and I hope that other organisations will follow suit.

“We are funded by taxpayers and they have an absolute right to know what we do and how we spend their money.

“We are accountable to them so operating in a transparent way is part of that process, rather than hiding away behind legislation and exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act.

“I must pay tribute to the staff in my office because they have worked extremely hard to ensure that we received this quality mark. I am very grateful to them.”

Executive Officer Meinir Mai Jones, added: “The Transparency Quality Mark is the gold standard in terms of being open and transparent, so we are all delighted and proud to receive it.

“According to the judges we were completely compliant with and receiving the award for the fourth year in succession means we are consistently excellent in this regard, with no improvement required.

“The Commissioner is an elected person and he is doing as much as he possibly can to make the public in North Wales aware of the work he is doing.”

The awards are sponsored by the leading police assurance provider, Grant Thornton.

Paul Grady, Head of Police for Grant Thornton, said: “Transparency is an essential part of the democratic process.

“For the public to be able gauge how successful their PCC is in delivering their electoral mandate, they need access to information that is accessible, easy to understand and fit for purpose.

“Grant Thornton is proud to once again be supporting these Transparency Awards and we congratulate all those who have been successful in meeting the standards required.”

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