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New assistants for Hampshire crime chief
A FORMER Army colonel and a retired police officer have been named as the new part-time assistants to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire.
Judy Venables, who left the Army in 2006 and was a former member of the now-defunct Hampshire Police Authority, will have responsibilities for improving frontline policing and making communities safer. She took up the post on Monday.
Rob Jarman, who has more than 30 years experience as an officer with Hampshire Constabulary, will focus on criminal justice, working on reducing reoffending and putting more emphasis on victims in the justice system. His start date has yet to be decided.
Simon Hayes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said: “I am delighted to announce these two new appointments, and welcome Rob and Judy to our team. Since my election in November 2012, firm foundations have been laid to set in place my vision to create ‘social change’. These two appointments will now enable me to drive this forward and meet my election pledge to influence change, and address the social causes of criminality and offending.”
The two new Assistant Commissioners were selected out of a shortlist of 15. They will receive a combined wage of £51,000 and be expected to work a minimum of two days a week.
Mr Hayes appointed his first assistant in May this year – a £10,000-a-year post to represent him on the Isle of Wight.
He has said the salaries paid are within the budget of the previous Hampshire Police Authority, which he replaced with his election in November last year.
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