Office of the Commissioner

Governance

Governance of Surrey Police and our Office

This page contains more information on the structures and procedures that relate to the Governance of Surrey Police and our Office. Additional statutory and policy information can be found in on our Policies and Legal Information page.

Scheme of Governance

The Scheme of Governance gives clarity to the way the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable discharge their responsibilities. It sets out how both parties will govern, both jointly and separately, and aims to ensure the business of the Commissioner and of Surrey Police is conducted in the right way, for the right reasons and at the right time.

The Scheme of Governance comprises the following documents.

Surrey Code of Corporate Governance 2022

This sets out how the Commissioner will achieve the core principles of ‘good governance’ against seven areas identified by The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Surrey Decision Making and Accountability Framework

This explains how the Commissioner will make and publish decisions and her arrangements for holding the Chief Constable to account in a fair, open and transparent way.

Surrey-Sussex Police and Crime Commissioners’ Scheme of Delegation

This sets out the key roles of the Commissioner and those functions they delegate to others to carry out on their behalf, including their Chief Executive, Chief Finance Officer and senior police staff.

Surrey-Sussex Chief Constable Scheme of Delegation 2022

This sets out the key roles of the Chief Constable and those functions they delegate to others in Surrey and Sussex Police.  It supplements the Scheme of Delegation, which includes delegated authority granted to the Chief Constable, Director of
People Services and Chief Finance Officer.

Surrey-Sussex Memorandum of Understanding and Schedule 2022

The MoU sets out how the Commissioner and Chief Constable will work together in areas such as estates management, procurement, HR, communications and corporate development.

View the Schedule to the MoU here.

Surrey-Sussex Financial Regulations 2022

This sets out the framework and policies that allow the Commissioner and Chief Constable to manage their financial business effectively, efficiently and in compliance with all necessary requirements.

Find out more on our Surrey Police Finances page.

Surrey-Sussex Contract Standing Orders 2022

These set out the rules and processes to be followed when procuring goods, works and services.  They are designed to make sure that Surrey Police and our Office obtain value for money; operate in a fair, open and transparent way; and are compliant with all relevant procurement legislation.

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Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend with Surrey Police and Sussex Police dog school officers, Animal Welfare Scheme visitors and representatives from the Dogs Trust and RSPCA.

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Commissioner vows to tackle violence against women and girls on international day of action

Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend marches with ZONTA women's rights organisation

Commissioner Lisa Townsend affirmed her commitment to tackling violence against women and girls on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.