Posted on 21st June 2012
DERBYSHIRE POLICE AUTHORITY’S final Annual General Meeting (held today 21 June 2012) saw Cllr Philip Hickson unanimously voted in as Chairman for a third time.
A key element of the role this year will be to oversee the Authority’s work covering the transition to a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in November.
This is a challenging period for the Police Authority as it embarks upon final phase of the work to successfully transfer governance of policing in Derbyshire to the directly elected Police and Crime Commissioner in just five months time. The Authority aims to maintain its challenging approach to the Constabulary right up to the elections, in order to sustain performance levels at a time of financial pressure, while concurrently putting in place an effective structure to support the PCC, ready to go and fit for purpose from 22 November.
Members said that Cllr Hickson’s experience and in-depth knowledge of policing in the county would prove invaluable and the re-appointment provided necessary continuity.
After the meeting Cllr Hickson said he was grateful for the confidence members had placed in him for this final term of office. He added: “Despite the fact that we will shortly be replaced by the Police and Crime Commissioner, it is important that we remain focused on our key priority – to keep people safe. The Authority has been the driving force behind many policing improvements over the years and I want to see us continue to work constructively with the Constabulary over our final months to ensure that when we hand over the governance reins we do so secure in the knowledge that the organisation is performing at optimum levels.
“The tough economic climate remains a challenge and we need to build appropriate platforms for the future that will enable the force to continue to reduce crime and keep people safe.”
Both Cllr Hickson and the incumbent Vice-Chair Cllr Alan Charles were re-elected to their position unopposed, deftly illustrating the confidence members place in both individuals.
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