No place for criminals in commissioner set-up

First published in Halstead News

NOBODY with a criminal record will be given the post of deputy police and crime commissioner for Essex.
 

Police and crime commissioners were prevented from standing for election if they had a criminal record but Policing Minister Damian Green refused to impose the same standards on deputies, a decision criticised by Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell.
 

Following the criticism Essex PCC Nick Alston has chosen to offically rule out anyone with a criminal record.
 

Mr Alston has not yet decided who will fill the role in Essex, which is proving controversial in other counties with several commissioners criticised for “jobs for the boys” appointments.
 

Mr Alston said: “I have decided that I will be appointing a deputy PCC to join my team, and that the appointment process will be open and competitive.
 

“The deputy PCC, when appointed, will have a crucial role in supporting me
 

“No-one standing for election as a PCC may have a criminal record, and I have decided that this should also be the case for the deputy.”
 

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10:57am Tue 15 Jan 13

hughie-s says...

Bad news for the pig farmer.
Bad news for the pig farmer. hughie-s
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11:55am Tue 15 Jan 13

Boris says...

hughie-s wrote:
Bad news for the pig farmer.
Would he have accepted the idea of being a mere deputy? He spent so long as top dog (or top pig) that I'm sure he'd rather just spend time in the House of Lords collecting his £390 a day just for showing up, plus expenses of course.
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: Bad news for the pig farmer.[/p][/quote]Would he have accepted the idea of being a mere deputy? He spent so long as top dog (or top pig) that I'm sure he'd rather just spend time in the House of Lords collecting his £390 a day just for showing up, plus expenses of course. Boris
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6:00pm Wed 16 Jan 13

brain1 says...

The Pig farmer would accept any position where he could get his hands on the public purse.
It really is a scandal he is allowed to keep his snout in the Lords trough
The Pig farmer would accept any position where he could get his hands on the public purse. It really is a scandal he is allowed to keep his snout in the Lords trough brain1
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