Posted on 23rd June 2011
Philip Hickson has been unanimously re-elected as Chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority for the coming year.
This will be Mr Hickson’s second and probably final year in office before Police Authorities are abolished in favour of directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners next May.
Mr Hickson, who is also Leader of Derby City Council, thanked members for their continued support and their confidence in his leadership.
“These are incredibly challenging times,” said Mr Hickson, “And there is still much more to be done. There is no sign of let up in the pressures on the budget and we will have difficult decisions to make as we set the budget for 2012-13. This is why we will continue our community consultation to ensure that we take into account the views of Derbyshire residents as we make those decisions.
“However, we have to accept that this may well be the last time we have responsibility for setting the budget.
“Despite strong opposition, the Government remains committed to its plans to introduce Police and Crime Commissioners. This is an area where I will have a great deal of involvement. This will include maintaining our opposition to the proposals and, if the Bill receives Royal Assent this year and Commissioners are imposed upon us, doing everything I can to ensure an effective and smooth transition to the new arrangements.
“In the meantime it is important that it is ‘business as usual’. I will continue, with the other members of the Police Authority, to act as a critical friend to the Constabulary, scrutinising all areas of performance to help maintain the excellent performance. What I do not want is for the changes in governance to affect performance or for anything to divert us from delivering a high quality police service for Derbyshire, which is why we are here in the first place.”
The Authority also re-appointed Cllr Alan Charles as Vice-Chair.
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