The JAC continued to work closely with the PCC’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on the Annual Governance Statement (AGS) to ensure it was shorter and more focused. A member of the JAC has a lead responsibility, on behalf of the JAC, to progress the developments that it seeks with the PCC’s office.
The JAC has sought to understand the governance, risks and opportunities in respect of Operation Zenith, a complex programme to rationalise the estate and harness the benefits from agile working. This is a fundamental programme that will shape how the Force will operate in future. The JAC has requested regular reports and has so far, considered items on the risks, benefits, and governance structures for Operation Zenith.
During the year the JAC noted an updated Reserves Strategy, Capital Management Strategy and Treasury Management Strategy. It also noted new Financial Regulations and considered reports on vetting, countering fraud and corruption, and on whistleblowing arrangements.
Vetting arrangements have been an ongoing concern to the JAC. Kent was previously one of seven forces inspected by HMICFRS as part of a national thematic report reviewing police capability and capacity to vet and monitor officers and staff. The JAC continues to receive reports from the Force on the ongoing governance and controls exercised by the Force in relation to vetting.