Hampshire Police and Crime Panel

Hampshire Police and Crime Panel confirms recommended appointment of new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

The Hampshire Police and Crime Panel has confirmed the recommended appointment of Rob Jarman to the position of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Simon Hayes, put forward Mr Jarman for appointment, stating that the candidate satisfied all of the criteria required in a Deputy, and had an in-depth understanding of the Commissioner’s vision.

The rationale behind the appointment of a Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner is to assist the Commissioner in meeting the increase in his work load as he moves forward with the implementation of his Police and Crime Plan.

The Police and Crime Panel members concurred that the appointment will also help to deliver an improved service to residents of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, while providing essential statutory cover to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. This provides the Deputy with legislative powers when the Commissioner is on leave or away from the office for other reasons.

As part of the role of the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP) to scrutinise the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), the Panel is required to hold a Confirmation Hearing to review the proposed appointment and question the proposed candidate on their suitability for the role. Based on this hearing, the PCP makes a report with their recommendation on the appointment to the PCC.

A public Confirmation Hearing was held on Friday 1 November 2013 in the offices of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to consider Mr Jarman’s appointment as recommended by Mr Hayes.

During the public session, the Panel asked questions of the candidate which related to his professional competence and personal independence, the answers to which enabled the Members to evaluate their suitability for the role.

The Hampshire Police and Crime Panel’s report has been published today (Thursday 7 November), in which the Panel confirmed the recommended selection of Mr Jarman for the role. This decision has, in turn, been communicated to Mr Hayes.

Vice Chair of the PCP, Councillor Clive Sanders, who presided over the hearing on Friday 1 November, said: “After a very thorough Confirmation Hearing, we were pleased to be able to agree the appointment of Mr Jarman as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire.”