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Strengthening the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has confirmed he will strengthen his existing team.

Clive Grunshaw, with support from his Chief Executive, has carried out an interim review of the support he needs to deliver his priorities as Commissioner.

As he pledged during his election campaign, the Commissioner is seeking to appoint Ibrahim Master as his Deputy. This proposed appointment will be considered by the Police and Crime Panel at a confirmation hearing to be held on December 17.

The role will be to support the Commissioner in the development of strategy and performance improvement, lead on areas such as business crime and deputise for the PCC.

The salary will be 70 per cent of the salary of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, which is set by the Home Secretary, (currently £85,000), which is £30,000 pro rata.

Clive Grunshaw said: "I stated my intention to appoint Ibrahim some time ago. For me, Ibrahim is the obvious choice for my Deputy; he has a vast knowledge of Lancashire, has business expertise and he is passionate about issues of crime and policing. He also served on Police Authority for many years.

Mr Grunshaw continued: "I have also looked at the posts within the Chief Executive's team and consider that more expertise at a strategic level is required.

"I am delighted to welcome the Probation Service's Assistant Chief Executive Mike Lock to the team. Also, Saima Afzal MBE, former Lancashire Police Authority Chairman, Bruce Jassi and former Vice-Chair of Lancashire Police Authority, Amanda Webster will be joining the team as Assistant Commissioners.

"There were 28 people within the former Police Authority and the team is now 16, including these interim appointments. As a result, we are making considerable savings on the former Police Authority budget within this new office structure.

"Let me make it clear, this is not another Police Authority – we are not creating committees or scrutiny panels, we are creating a modern, fit-for-purpose model with which to deliver my priorities in the most efficient and effective way possible.

"The Assistant Commissioners will help develop new areas of working around victims, criminal justice, performance and co on merit; the track records of the individuals as independent members of the former Police Authority means their expertise will go a long way to helping me deliver my priorities.

"The salary for these part-time roles will be £20,000 pro rata. The funding for these Assistant Commissioner roles will come from savings made from existing staffing budgets and by deleting vacant posts."

The Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner roles are effective immediately. The salary is based on 60 per cent of the salary of the Police and Crime Commissioner (£85,000), as set by the Home Secretary, which is £20,000 pro rata.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (the Act) provides that the Commissioner may appoint such other staff as the commissioner thinks appropriate to exercise the functions of the commissioner.

The role of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner will be officially confirmed in a hearing before the Police and Crime Panel on December 17.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (the Act) provides that the Commissioner may appoint a person as the Deputy Commissioner for the police area.

The former Lancashire Police Authority consisted of 28 people, including Police Authority members.

Lancashire County Council is the lead authority and Secretary to the Lancashire Police and Crime Panel.

For more information about the Panel, go to www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/transparency

and follow the link.


Posted on Monday 10th December 2012
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