Thursday, 2 May 2013

So what does our Police Commissioner do, exactly?

I noticed a particularly interesting bit of analysis earlier this week on a blogsite which is particularly concerned with Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs):

Bernard Rix  has been checking up on how much work the 40-odd Police Commissioners, elected last November, have been up to.  He has reviewed how many decisions they have each taken, as published on their Police Commissioner websites.

So how many published decisions has our own Merseyside Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, made in her first 5 months in office?  The answer is the grand total of six.

According to Mr Rix’s analysis, the busiest Police Commissioners (as measured by the number of decisions formally recorded since their election, and shown as such on the PCC’s official website) are:

Ian Johnston (Gwent): 85 decisions
Alan Charles (Derbyshire): 52 decisions
Tim Passmore (Suffolk): 40 decisions
Julia Mulligan (North Yorkshire): 39 decisions
Matthew Ellis (Staffordshire): 38 decisions
Mark Burns-Williamson (West Yorkshire): 37 decisions
John Dwyer (Cheshire): 36 decisions

With just 6 published decisions, Jane Kennedy isn’t quite at the bottom of the list (that would be Angus Macpherson (Wiltshire): 4 decisions), but she isn’t far off it.

Jane Kennedy is paid £85,000 pa, which means that in those first five months in office she has been paid over £35,000 in salary.  She was elected on a 12.5% turnout, so of every 8 people eligible to vote, 7 did not vote.

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