• Police commissioner to get six new staff costing up to £262k

    21st May 2013 | News | Claire
  • It does make me so very angry to hear this news, when Devon County councillors have been told by chief executive, Phil Norrey, that DCC is facing the hardest four years in its history, due to budget cuts, which is likely to mean yet more major service cuts.

    Don’t forget that the police commissioner elections cost £75m alone.  There was around a 14 per cent turnout in East Devon, in line with most of the rest of the country.  I haven’t yet met a single person who can explain to me how a police commissioner will help policing. 

    Can I also add that the policing cuts were already made by the time that Mr Hogg came into office so I am entirely unconvinced by the claim that Mr Hogg single-handedly prevented further cuts.

    I would also add that the former set-up of the Devon and Cornwall police authority involved a democratic team of individuals who were ALL accountable and ran the authority in a democratic way.  It was a much better and fairer system.  Grrrr.

    See the story below and here in today’s Western Morning News – http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Police-commissioner-boost-team-new-jobs-paying-50/story-19045452-detail/story.html?ito=SPT ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has announced plans to add a further six staff to his team of 15, costing up to £262,938.

    Conservative Tony Hogg revealed the expansion plans as he prepares to face the public in an internet discussion today to mark his first six months in office.

    The commissioner has so far won plaudits for halting the exodus of officers by pushing through a 2% rise in the share of council tax which funds policing in the two counties.

    Mr Hogg, who has declined to appoint a deputy and wants his newly created office to cost no more than the old police authority, revealed the vacancies, which come with salaries of between £28,947 and £50,418.

    He said the administrative and strategic workers will be recruited to deal with the extra responsibilities the OPCC has taken on, including the commissioning of services.

    Mr Hogg added: “I understand that many people are watching me very closely, particularly about office expenditure and the number of staff I need.

    “However I have to make sure that the correct structure is in place to make this pioneering role a success.

    “We have many important decisions to make, and clearly a lot of hard work lies ahead. It is vitally important that we get this structure right which is why I have taken some considerable time to review our needs, skill base and undergo extensive consultation.”