Police candidate to face scrutiny of Crime Panel
THE NEWLY selected candidate to become Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police will go before the Police and Crime Panel in Plymouth next month for approval.
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Tony Hogg has chosen acting Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer to take on the role permanently following an interview and selection process.
The public confirmatory hearing will take place in Plymouth on February 8 at 10.30am and Mr Sawyer will face questions on his professional competence and personal independence.
Councillor Roger Croad, chair of the Police and Crime Panel, said: "The Chief Constable is a really important appointment and the panel is working on behalf of the people in Devon and Cornwall to make sure the Police and Crime Commissioner gets it right."
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The meeting will be webcast live on Plymouth City Council's website as the host council for the panel.
The panel will then deliberate in private and the decision will be announced to the public five working days after the hearing.
The panel – which includes Plymouth councillors Nicky Williams and Chris Penberthy – scrutinises and supports the performance and activities of the PCC.
It also scrutinises the PCC's proposed council tax precept for policing – which the panel may veto. While the panel – which is made up of 18 councils from across the force area and two co-opted independent members – can scrutinise the actions and decisions of the PCC it cannot scrutinise the performance of the police force.
The panel's meetings will be held at Plymouth City Council's council house and they are legally required to review the Police and Crime Commissioner's proposed appointment of a number of senior posts including the Chief Constable, the Chief Executive, the Chief Finance Officer and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner. The panel is required to hold hearings in public for these posts.
Members of the public who wish to ask up to two questions during meetings must put their questions in writing to the Democratic and Member Support Manager at Plymouth City Council at least five clear working days before the panel meeting.