Thursday, 18 October 2012

£55k for a Police Commissioner spin doctor as crime rises

Cornwall is still one of the safest places to live in the UK, but our police area has nevertheless seen an increase in recorded (ie serious) crime of 7% in the past year.

I'm disappointed, therefore, that the out-going Police Authority has decided to spend £55,000 recruiting a new press officer for the incoming Police Commissioner. There needs to be a competent back up team for the new person, but I question whether a £55k spin doctor is the right use of resources.

I'm one of five Cornwall Councillors who sits on the scrutiny panel over-seeing the work of the commissioner. I'm disappointed that this proposal hasn't come to us for comment and I'll be seeking to raise the issue when we meet on Monday.

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