MP criticises decision to allow convicted criminals to hold important policing roles

Astonished: Sir Bob Russell

Astonished: Sir Bob Russell

First published in Local news

COLCHESTER MP Sir Bob Russell has criticised the decision to allow deputy police and crime commissioners with criminal records to be appointed.
 

Speaking in the House of Commons Sir Bob argued deputies should be subject to the same rules as their bosses who had to have unblemished records to stand.
 

He said: “It is astonishing that people who stood for the post of police and crime commissioners had to have an unblemished record whereas they can cheerfully appoint any number of deputies who are not subject to the same requirements.

"How can the public have confidence when people with criminal records can hold such important roles in the new police regimes?”

Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston has confirmed he will appoint a deputy but is yet to do so.

See the full story and reaction in Wednesday's Gazette.

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11:19am Tue 8 Jan 13

Taj says...

I would rather he got up in Parliament and did something about the impact of his coalition party policies on fuel poverty and the need for the increasing number of people having to rely on food donations to survive and while he is at it sort out the terrible state of the pavements and roads in Colchester.
I would rather he got up in Parliament and did something about the impact of his coalition party policies on fuel poverty and the need for the increasing number of people having to rely on food donations to survive and while he is at it sort out the terrible state of the pavements and roads in Colchester. Taj
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11:20am Tue 8 Jan 13

Feisty CBC says...

There are also a lot of criminals in "high office" these days that haven't been tried and convicted.
There are also a lot of criminals in "high office" these days that haven't been tried and convicted. Feisty CBC
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2:14pm Tue 8 Jan 13

hughie-s says...

Odds on Lord H being appointed?
Odds on Lord H being appointed? hughie-s
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7:45pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Grabber says...

So all MP's with a criminal record should down hey Bob ? The house would be quiet !
So all MP's with a criminal record should down hey Bob ? The house would be quiet ! Grabber
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8:35pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Grabber says...

*step down
*step down Grabber
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10:51pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Boris says...

Tony Blair is no longer a parliamentarian, but he used to be one. He is a war criminal and should be sent for trial at The Hague.
All the rest pales into insignificance.
Tony Blair is no longer a parliamentarian, but he used to be one. He is a war criminal and should be sent for trial at The Hague. All the rest pales into insignificance. Boris
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