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Governance Department

The Governance Department protects the staff, assets and reputation of the Authority and Force, by ensuring that our systems, processes, and procedures are robust and effective in support of the delivery of a policing service to the people of Dorset.  This is often referred to as ‘governance and systems of internal control’.  This is based on an ongoing process designed to identify and prioritise risks to the achievement of the Authority’s policies, aims and objectives, to evaluate the likelihood of those risks being realised and the impact should they be realised, and to manage them effectively, efficiently and economically.


Core Functions include

  • Audit - Internal and External
  • Quality Assurance
  • Insurance
  • Risk Management



Working directly to the Assistant Chief Officer, the main internal customers of the department are the Police Authority, Chief Officers Departmental Heads and Operational Commands

The main customers outside of the Force are our Insurance Brokers,  External Auditors and the Treasurer to The Police Authority.  Contact with the public is generally limited to those making insurance claims arising from motor vehicles accidents, and public liability claims, when financial compensation is sought for an alleged failure by the Force.


Contact Details

Mrs Karen James – Head of Audit, Insurance and Strategic Risk

Telephone:  (01202) or (01305) 223429