Follow up on actions identified in the JAC 2020-21 Annual Report for specific JAC focus in 2021-22
Specific areas of focus were identified for inclusion in the JAC programme of work for 2022-23 as follows:
Deep Dives into key areas of risk.
Force financial savings planning.
Governance in the delivery of major programmes especially the Estates Programme.
Any changes in the accountabilities and responsibilities of the PCC arising from measures brought forward by the Home Office following parts one and two of the Government’s Police and Crime Commissioner Review.
The impact of continued working from home may have on the control environment, and the ability of internal audit always to complete its work in as much depth as possible in the office.
Assist in reviewing the AGS and suggesting ways in which this document can be improved.
The JAC continues to address the majority of these and has gained assurance during the year. Issues such as required financial savings together with close monitoring of the MTFP will continue to be matters that will require the JAC’s attention.
Areas of focus for 2023-24 will include:
Seeking assurance as to arrangements for financial sustainability over the medium term, and the potential impact on Force performance
Deep dives into key risk areas
Operation Zenith, including issues relating to PFI funding.
Review of the new Complaints Procedure
Impact on the control environment of reduced staff, and officer resource given the required savings to achieve a balanced budget.
Copies of the JAC TOR, meeting agendas and minutes may be found on the PCC’s website with relevant links to the Force’s website.
The JAC will continue to have a key role in ensuring effective management of the
risks that arise from the work of Kent Police and the OPCC. The JAC will continue to seek assurance that key areas of risk continue to receive the focus they need and that there is an adequate and effective framework for sound governance and internal control.
Chair, Joint Audit Committee,
Kent Police and Police and Crime Commissioners Office, Kent.