The Fire Authority’s Constitution Document includes an Anti-fraud and Anti-corruption Strategy and Response Plan (page 92), which focuses specifically on procedures for dealing with allegations of financial irregularities and is intended to:
- encourage prevention
- promote detection
- identify a clear pathway for investigation
Acts of dishonesty within the Avon Fire and Rescue Service are extremely rare. This reflects the skills, dedication and decency of Authority Members, employees and others with whom the Authority has dealings. However, constant vigilance is necessary to ensure that this good record is maintained.
The Confidential Reporting Code (page 128), also provides guidance and sets out a procedure on how to raise concerns of a serious nature.