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Appointment of Acting Police and Crime Commissioner

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Jul 182014
 

Following the death of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones, the Panel had a duty to appoint an Acting PCC. On 14th July 2014, the Panel appointed Yvonne Mosquito, the Deputy PCC as Acting PCC. This will last for a period up until the declaration of a new PCC following the election on 21st August, 2014. The letter of appointment is here:

140718 Letter re Acting PCC role

Yvonne and Cllr Cooper July 2014

Yvonne Mosquito and Cllr Cooper, Chair of the Panel

At the meeting Panel Members expressed profound concern about the statutory provisions relating to the arrangements that prevail in such circumstances. A letter has been written to the Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims setting out their concerns.

140718 Letter from WMPCP to Minister

The Panel has received a response from The Rt. Hon Mike Penning MP, Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims.

140722 Letter from Policing Minister

 

 

Press Release – Appointment of Acting Police and Crime Commissioner

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Jul 042014
 

Acting PCC set to be appointed

An Acting Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the West Midlands is set to be appointed on Monday 14th July, it was announced today.

The move follows the sudden death of Bob Jones while in office.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel, which scrutinises and supports the PCC, is responsible for making a temporary appointment before an election is held.

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Darren Cooper, who chairs the panel, said: “The Police and Crime Commissioner is a hugely important role and we expect to make a temporary appointment shortly.

“They will continue in the role until the result of an election for a PCC on August 21.

“Bob was making a huge difference as the region’s first Police and Crime Commissioner and his untimely death is an absolute tragedy.

“He was someone who was determined to give local people an effective voice and I pay tribute to the legacy he has left.”

PCCs can hire and fire chief constables and set the police budget and priorities. They serve for four years.

The post was created in 2012 to give local people a bigger say over policing.

The Police and Crime Panel is made up of 12 councillors from each of the seven local authorities in the West Midlands Police area – Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton – and two independent members.

Meeting

Monday 14th July 2014, at 2p.m. In Committee Rooms 1 and 2, Dudley Council House, Priory Road, Dudley, DY1 1HF.

Update: Please note this panel meeting will now start at 2.30p.m.

Contact

West Midlands Police and Crime Panel
0121 464 6871
wmpcp@birmingham.gov.uk