The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has a statutory responsibility to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the force. One of the primary mechanisms by which the PCC meets this responsibility is the Public Assurance Meeting (PAM). This is a key governance meeting that is recorded and published online along with all the supporting reports and analysis provided by the force.
The PAM is held quarterly and is designed to provide transparency and insight into the holding to account process for the communities of Lincolnshire, and the wider public.
The overarching approach of the PCC to performance management is aligned with the Police Efficiency, Effectiveness and Legitimacy (PEEL) inspection criteria designed by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) plus the forces own performance framework. This integrated approach promotes efficient and effective monitoring, constructive challenge, and removes any unnecessary duplication of effort.
Performance Reporting & Analysis
There are 2 key elements to the PAM, which are:
Crime performance & Exception Report – This is a performance dashboard that provides quantitative measures and indicators along with supporting contextual narrative to help explain and describe the forces current level of performance in key areas.
Topics for discussion – Provides an opportunity for discussion between the Chief Constable and the PCC on matters that are current for Lincolnshire Police at the time of the meeting.
The PAM process offers an opportunity for the PCC to hold the Chief Constable to account for force performance in the spirit of openness and transparency that is readily accessible to the public. In addition, the public also have an opportunity to further engage with the process by submitting written questions on force performance, to be answered by the Chief Constable at each PAM.
The Archive of Public Questions can be found here.
Further details around the PAM, including archives of video recorded meetings and analysis with contextual narrative, can be found in the Public Assurance Meeting Archive.