Gwent PCC Ian Johnston proposes a Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston has named Paul Harris as his proposed Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.
The commissioner made his announcement at a meeting of the Gwent Police and Crime Panel. The panel will consider the commissioner’s proposal at its next meeting in January where they will hold a confirmation hearing.
Mr Johnston said: “I’m delighted to propose Paul as my deputy. He would bring a wealth of experience to the role and we are both passionate about helping to provide the public of Gwent with the best possible police service.
“Working together Paul and I would ensure that Gwent community priorities are reflected in how Gwent is policed. We would also hold the Chief Constable to account in regards to performance and make sure that the public receives a fair, courteous, and effective service, with prompt feedback.”
The panel will make a recommendation as to the proposed appointment in January 2013.
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act allows a PCC to appoint a Deputy PCC, but it is not a requirement.
The Deputy PCC is classed as a member of the PCC’s staff, and the PCC sets their terms and conditions of employment. The PCC can delegate many of their functions to a Deputy PCC.
Deputy PCCs are exempt from the restrictions on political activity that apply to other members of the PCC’s staff, and do not need to go through a recruitment process.
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