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On 22nd November 2012, following the enactment of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, two corporations sole were established – the Police & Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire and the Chief Constable for Leicestershire.
The Police & Crime Commissioner is responsible for securing an efficient and effective police force whilst the Chief Constable is responsible for maintaining the Queen’s Peace and has operational direction and control over the force’s officers and staff.
In order to minimise the complexity for the reader that such a change can cause, additional information has been included to draw out the key differences and to explain how both corporations sole interact with each other. It is recommended that the reader of these accounts first reviews the Explanatory Foreword and introduction to the “Notes to the core financial statements” section to give context and aid understanding.
In light of the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic the statutory audit deadline for 2019/20 for all local authorities in England (excluding the health service) has been extended. This is to give authorities more flexibility, time to adjust to new working practices and adapt to the changes faced in these unprecedented times.
Therefore the date at which the annual accounts need to be published has moved from 31 July 2020 to 30 November 2020. In turn this means the commencement of the public inspection period has also moved. The public inspection period must take place on or before the first working day of September 2020. The date of inspection period for the OPCC and Chief Constable’s Annual accounts will be published in due course.