Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry
Newly-elected Nottinghamshire Police & Crime Commissioner, Caroline Henry, is set to scrap the Deputy Commissioner role in a move she says could save £78,000 a year, money which she will use to boost local policing services.
All Police & Crime Commissioners are entitled to appoint a deputy to assist them during their time in oﬃce. The previous Commissioner, former MP Paddy Tipping, appointed Emma Foody as his Deputy in 2020.
Commissioner Henry said: “Until the deputy commissioner post is mandated by law, which is likely to come at some point in the future as the workload increases, I will be scrapping the role and saving the money.”
Mrs Henry, who won a majority of just over 7,000 votes in the local elections on 6 May, says she is determined to be a transforming force and put more police oﬃcers on the streets.
Mrs Henry said: “I am absolutely committed to doing things diﬀerently.
“We’re going to make sure that every penny we spend is money well-spent, and wherever possible is ploughed into front-line policing. Our police oﬃcers deserve better resources and more colleagues, and I am doing everything I can to achieve that,” she said.
Mrs Henry says she hopes this gesture will set the tone for how she wishes to run the county’s policing budget moving forward.
In a further move to save costs, Mrs Henry has confirmed that she will not claim expense payments while she is working within Nottinghamshire.
“We are paid by the public purse and claiming additional expenses for my work across the county doesn’t sit well with me,” she added. “I would rather save money where I can so that we can use it to deliver the quality police service the public expect and deserve.”
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Posted on Tuesday 25th May 2021