John Campion pledges to restore “Public Trust” in the Police & Crime Commissioner Role

The Conservative candidate for West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner has said he would take action on “day one” to restore the trust in the Police & Crime Commissioner role.

Mr Campion believes that the appointment by the current Independent Police Commissioner of his “campaign manager” to be his £50k a year Deputy as one of his first acts in office rightly caused outrage in our community.

John Campion said: “Transparency and integrity are vital in our public services, and should be central in the way Police & Crime Commissioners act and spend our money.  I believe our current Independent Commissioner let our community down when he appointed his campaign manager into a £50k pa public job without advert or competitive interview.  Our community rightly expects better standards from their elected officials.”

“As Commissioner I would work hard to restore that trust from the public and I pledge that I would advertise and use competitive interviews when making appointments funded from the public purse.  I also call on other candidates in this election to join me in this pledge.”

 

Coverage of Deputy Commissioner Appointment from December 2012

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-20716832

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9728959/Fears-of-cronyism-as-police-commissioners-appoint-deputies.html 

 

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