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Police and Crime Commissioner to appoint a deputy
HAMPSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes is looking to appoint a deputy – a move that he says will deliver value for the extra money.
Mr Hayes planned to nominate Rob Jarman to become his Deputy Commissioner when he met the Police and Crime Panel today.
Mr Hayes has decided he needs a deputy to deal with what he calls the significant increase in demands as he drives forward with the implementation of his ‘social change’ agenda and delivery of his Police and Crime Plan.
Mr Hayes said the appointment will also help to deliver an improved service to the residents of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, while providing essential statutory cover to the office of the police and crime commissioner (OPCC), under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.
This provides the deputy with legislative powers when the commissioner is on leave or away from the office for other reasons.
Mr Hayes explained: “I have given long and careful consideration in reaching this decision to appoint a deputy, which has not been taken lightly.
“It is important to me that the OPCC delivers the best possible service and this appointment will help me improve on that, as demands upon my time limits what I can achieve alone.
“I want to engage more fully with the public I represent, which I intend to do more of, should Mr Jarman’s appointment be ratified.”
Mr Hayes added: “Rob Jarman has excellent working relationships with partner organisations and significant experience in the policing and justice sector.
“He also has knowledge of criminology and experience of operational application of evidence-based approaches within the policing and criminal justice arenas.
“Additionally, he has the ability to take a co-operative approach to achieving priorities, including proposing effective collaboration initiatives. With further budget savings of £25million to be found, this skill is paramount.”
Although the appointment would bring a cost, Mr Hayes is still projecting his annual office costs to be £36,000 lower than the former Hampshire Police Authority.
This saving will be partially met by the relocation of the OPCC, from Staple Gardens, Winchester, to a more publically accessible office above Barclays Bank. This is estimated to deliver savings of around £28,000 per annum.
Mr Hayes added the costs for the running of his office is currently the third cheapest in the country.
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