NO MATTER how few of us go to the polls on November 15 to elect Derbyshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, there will in four years time be another expensive PCC election.
One of the candidates at that second election is likely to be whoever is selected as the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner to the successful candidate at this election.
S18(1) of The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 allows the Police and Crime Commissioner to appoint a person as his deputy on such terms as he thinks fit, and although that appointment is subject to the scrutiny of the Police and Crime Panel, the fact remains that the appointment is not one that must be selected on merit.
This therefore is a political appointment within the gift of the new Police and Crime Commissioner that will give that deputy a unique advantage over other candidates should he/she decide to stand for the top job in four years time.
In effect this is like a running mate in a USA presidential election, yet none of the candidates in this election has so far nominated who their deputy might be if they were elected — in my opinion a matter of legitimate concern to the electorate before the election, not after.
I call upon each candidate to come clean now on the identity of the person who they would want to appoint as their deputy, and to publish such details on their respective websites for all to see, including the terms and conditions of that employment. It is the least that Democracy demands.