POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER FOR BEDFORDSHIRE
Title and Reference – PCC/D/060
Subject: Police and Crime Panel Confirmation Hearing – Appointment of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
Report of: Police and Crime Commissioner
On the 3rd of November 2022, a Confirmation Hearing was held for appointment of the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire.
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (‘the Act’) provides, under section 18(1), that the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for a police area may appoint a person as the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC) for that area.
An outcome of Part 1 of the PCC Review conducted by the Home Office concluded that to enhance resilience and capacity of PCCs, legislation will come forward to mandate the appointment of a Deputy PCC with the next election.
The DPCC is a member of the OPCC staff (s18(10) of the Act), under paragraph 8(4) of Schedule 1 of the Act the appointment of a DPCC is exempt from the requirement of Section 7 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, that all staff appointments should be made on merit. There is therefore no requirement for the open recruitment process that would normally apply when recruiting staff to the OPCC.
However, in line with the PCC’s commitment to transparency, the PCC decided to run a comprehensive recruitment process in line with other OPCC vacancies including:
• advertising of the vacancy (post was advertised using Indeed, Force Website, OPCC Website and Social Media channels)
• shortlisting against agreed criteria
• interviewing of candidates by an experienced and diverse panel
• oversight by the Chief Executive in her capacity as Monitoring Officer
Following interviews, the PCC has chosen an individual as his preferred candidate who has a complementary skillset, excellent attention to detail, a strong background in local government and partnership working, as well as a background as a successful business person.
To assist the PCC, provide capacity and resilience, and address the recommendations of the PCC Review Part 1, the Police and Crime Commissioner has appointed Ian Dalgarno as his Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner. The PCC has therefore notified the panel of his intention, in accordance with the Act.
The preferred candidate was put forward and the Police and Crime Panel supported the appointment of Ian Dalgarno as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.
To note decision
Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner
I hereby approve the recommendations above.