New Nottinghamshire PCC scraps £78,000 deputy commissioner role

Nottinghamshire’s new crime commissioner has decided to scrap the role of her deputy in a bid to save £78,000 and pump more money into police services.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 3:34 pm
Eastwood's own Caroline Henry became the new Nottinghamshire PCC earlier this month.

The newly-elected Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Caroline Henry, is set to scrap the deputy commissioner role in a move she says could save £78,000 a year.

Mrs Henry has also pledged not to claim expense payments during her reign as commissioner.

The money will then be used instead to boost local policing services.

All Police and Crime Commissioners are entitled to appoint a deputy to assist them during their time in office.

The previous commissioner, former MP Paddy Tipping, appointed Emma Foody as his deputy in 2020.

Commissioner Henry said: “Until the deputy commissioner post is mandated by law, which is likely to come at some point in the future as the workload increases, I will be scrapping the role and saving the money.”

Mrs Henry, who won a majority of more than 7,000 votes in the local elections on May 6, said she is determined to be a transforming force and put more police officers on the streets of Nottinghamshire.

Mrs Henry said: “I am absolutely committed to doing things differently.

“We’re going to make sure that every penny we spend is money well-spent, and wherever possible is ploughed into front-line policing.

"Our police officers deserve better resources and more colleagues and I am doing everything I can to achieve that.”

Mrs Henry, who grew up in Eastwood, said she hopes this gesture will set the tone for how she wishes to run the county’s policing budget moving forward.

In a further move to save costs, Mrs Henry has also confirmed that she will not claim expense payments while she is working within Nottinghamshire.

“We are paid by the public purse and claiming additional expenses for my work across the county doesn’t sit well with me,” she added.

“I would rather save money where I can so that we can use it to deliver the quality police service the public expect and deserve.”