The Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has published the draft accounts of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent and the Chief Constable of Kent for the year ending 31 March 2021.

POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER FOR KENT
AND CHIEF CONSTABLE OF KENT


Audit of Accounts: Year Ended 31 March 2021
Public Inspection of Accounts and Right of Challenge
Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015 sections 10, 14 and 15.


The accounts for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent and the Chief Constable of Kent are subject to external audit by Mr M. Hodgson, Ernst & Young LLP, One Cambridge Business Park, Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 0WZ (Telephone 07541 346507). Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process:


1. From Friday 2nd July to Thursday 12th August 2021 (inclusive) between 10am and 4pm (Monday to Friday) any person interested may inspect and make copies of the draft accounts of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent and the Chief Constable of Kent for the year ended 31 March 2021 and certain related documents (comprising books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts). The accounts and other documents will be available for inspection at the offices at which they are normally kept. Any alternative arrangement would need to be agreed in advance. Application should be made initially to Mr D Moran, Interim Chief Finance Officer to the Chief Constable, Kent Police Headquarters, Thames Way, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent. DA11 8BD, Tel: 07973 638157.


2. From 10am on Friday 2nd July to Thursday 12th August 2021, a local government elector for the area of Kent, or his/her representative, may ask the auditor questions about the accounts. Please contact the auditor, Mr M. Hodgson, at the address given above to make arrangements to ask any questions.


3. Questions may be received by Mr R. Phillips, Chief Finance Officer of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Sutton Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 9BZ, (Telephone 01622 677055) or Mr D Moran, Interim Chief Finance Officer to the Chief Constable, Kent Police Headquarters, Thames Way, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent. DA11 8BD (Telephone 07973 638157) by prior arrangement with the auditor, Mr M. Hodgson, at the address given above to whom requests for this purpose should be addressed.


4. From 10am on Friday 2nd July to Thursday 12th August 2021, a local government elector for the area of Kent, or his/her representative, may make an objection to the local auditor which concerns a matter in respect of which he/she could make a public interest report (under section 27 of the Local Audit & Accountability Act) and/or apply to the court for a declaration that an item in the accounts is contrary to law (under section 28 of the Local Audit & Accountability Act). Written notice of a proposed objection and the grounds on which it is made must be sent to the auditor, Mr M. Hodgson, at the address given above and copied to Mr R. Philips and Mr D. Moran at the addresses given above.


5. No objection may be made unless the auditor, Mr M. Hodgson, at the address given above has previously received notice in writing of the proposed objection and its grounds. Copies of this notice must be sent to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent care of Mr R. Phillips and Chief Constable of Kent care of Mr D Moran at the addresses given above.