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OPCC wins award for clear communications

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Dorset has been highly commended nationally for the clarity of the information on its website.

The organisation has been awarded the CoPaCC Open and Transparent Quality Mark for 2021.

Although 39 of the 40 OPCCs across the country received the quality mark, Dorset was one of just 18 across the country to be highly commended for its work.

The Dorset OPCC has received the award every year since it was started in 2013.

The annual award’s criteria are strict, with judges using Home Office guidelines which outline what an OPCC should publish, including information about how their money is spent, their policing and crime priorities and how they make decisions.

CoPaCC adds a further criteria for assessment – ease of use, which considers how easy it is for a member of the public to find the information.

Bernard Rix, CEO of CoPaCC, said: “For my part, these OPCCs have all demonstrated that they are transparent in what they do, meeting relevant legal requirements.

“They 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.”

Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Particularly over the last year, when face to face communication has had to be kept to a minimum, and people have had to rely much more on what’s available online, it’s incredibly important that public facing organisations like our own communicate as clearly as possible with their communities.

“This award is very welcome and reflects the huge amount of work my team does on an ongoing basis to make sure information on our website is clear, easy to understand and accessible to all.”


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