HER Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has given Thurrock Council a clean bill of health following an inspection.
The inspectorate’s report was released on Tuesday (10 May) and was one of ten inspections of the use of the Police National Computer (PNC) by non-police organisations.
Thurrock Council was the only local authority inspected as its counter fraud and investigation team – which works closely with police forces, and other public bodies including the Ministry of Justice – is the only council in the country that has this police relationship.
The ten-page report ends by saying: “Taking into account the purposes for which Thurrock Council needs PNC access, we conclude that the level of access specified in the Supply Agreement is appropriate for the Council’s needs.
“The satisfactory training records, the physical security arrangements, the signed undertakings by all PNC staff and the high level of internal audit lead us to conclude that the Council has been complying with the requirements of its Security Operating Procedures.
“We conclude that Thurrock Council is making efficient and effective use of the PNC.”
The ten organisations are: Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass); Environment Agency; Financial Conduct Authority; Gangmasters Licensing Authority; NATS (an air traffic control provider); Natural Resources Wales; Post Office; Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; and Thurrock Council.
The report can be accessed here: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/our-work/police-national-computer-inspections/