Will the departing Chief Constable Colin Port be able to take-up employment with or work for IBM or SW1?

Avon and Somerset Constabulary Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

Will the departing Chief Constable Colin Port be able to take-up employment with or work for IBM or SW1?

The BBC reported that current Chief Constable Colin Port is to depart in January 2013:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bri...

The current Chief Constable Colin Port was an advocate for the controversial joint venture SouthWest One (SW1); his wife Sue Barnes led the procurement project (ISiS) for Somerset County Council that led to SW1 being formed in September 2007, when the contract was awarded to IBM (75% majority owners of SW1). The Police then joined SW1 in April 2008.

SW1 is the biggest contractor for the Police and operates procurement and significant related spending.

Controversially, the Chief Operating Officer for the Police and Chief Constable Colin Port sat on the Board of SW1 as a Director from April 2008 until resigning in September 2011. During his tenure as SW1 Board Director, there were genuine concerns about a conflict of interest that were articulated by the MP for Bridgwater & West Somerset to the Home Affairs Select Committee.

For MPs and civil servants, there are codes & protocols that govern rules and time periods as to whether they can work for one of their former suppliers or contractors or how long they must wait until taking up work for one of their former suppliers or contractors.

Is there any code or protocol that applies to the Avon & Somerset Chief Constable Colin Port, should he be offered a position with a supplier or contractor to the Police after he leaves? If so, please provide details.

Is there a period of time that has to pass before the Avon & Somerset Chief Constable Colin Port can accept a position with a supplier or contractor to the Police? If so, please provide details.

Would any of the above rules or protocols apply to the Chief Constable Colin Port working for IBM or SW1? If so, please provide details.

Will Chief Constable Colin Port be free to take up a position with or work for IBM or SW1 as soon as he leaves the Avon & Somerset Constabulary?

If Chief Constable Colin Port wants to take up a position with or work for IBM or SW1 as soon as he leaves the Avon & Somerset Constabulary, does he have to seek permission from the newly elected Police & Crime Commissioner?

Yours faithfully,

Dave Orr

Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

Clarification:

Please add the phrase "(including subsidiaries & other group companies)" to IBM or SW1 e.g.

"Will Chief Constable Colin Port be free to take up a position with or work for IBM or SW1 (including subsidiaries & other group companies) as soon as he leaves the Avon & Somerset Constabulary?"

Yours faithfully,

Dave Orr

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Mr David Orr
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        Our Reference   861/12 
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        Date    23rd November 2012
       
Dear Mr Orr,

Thank you for your request for information and clarification dated 23rd
November, relating to the Chief Constable and future employment.  This
request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, In some
circumstances Avon and Somerset Constabulary may be unable to achieve this
deadline if consideration needs to be given to the public interest test.
If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at
the earliest opportunity.

Thank you for your request.

Yours sincerely,

R Pritchard

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Dave Orr
[FOI #139503 email]      Our Reference   861/12 
        Your reference         
        Date    20 December 2012       

Dear Mr Orr

I write in connection with your request for information dated 23^rd
November concerning the Chief Constable and SW1.

Specifically you asked “Will the departing Chief Constable Colin Port be
able to take-up employment with or work for IBM or SW1?

    
The BBC reported that current Chief Constable Colin Port is to depart in
January 2013:
    
[1]http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bri...
    
The current Chief Constable Colin Port was an advocate for the
controversial joint venture SouthWest One (SW1); his wife Sue Barnes led
the procurement project (ISiS) for Somerset County Council that led to SW1
being formed in September 2007, when the contract was awarded to IBM (75%
majority owners of SW1). The Police then joined SW1 in April 2008.

    
SW1 is the biggest contractor for the Police and operates procurement and
significant related spending.
    
Controversially, the Chief Operating Officer for the Police and Chief
Constable Colin Port sat on the Board of SW1 as a Director from April 2008
until resigning in September 2011. During his tenure as SW1 Board
Director, there were genuine concerns about a conflict of interest that
were articulated by the MP for Bridgwater & West Somerset to the Home
Affairs Select Committee.

    
For MPs and civil servants, there are codes & protocols that govern
rules and time periods as to whether they can work for one of their
former suppliers or contractors or how long they must wait until taking up
work for one of their former suppliers or contractors.

    
Is there any code or protocol that applies to the Avon & Somerset Chief
Constable Colin Port, should he be offered a position with a

supplier or contractor to the Police after he leaves? If so, please
provide details.
    
Is there a period of time that has to pass before the Avon & Somerset
Chief Constable Colin Port can accept a position with a supplier or
contractor to the Police? If so, please provide details.

    
Would any of the above rules or protocols apply to the Chief Constable
Colin Port working for IBM or SW1? If so, please provide

details.
    
Will Chief Constable Colin Port be free to take up a position with
or work for IBM or SW1 as soon as he leaves the Avon & Somerset
Constabulary?
    
If Chief Constable Colin Port wants to take up a position with or
work for IBM or SW1 as soon as he leaves the Avon & Somerset Constabulary,
does he have to seek permission from the newly elected Police & Crime
Commissioner?”

Your request for information has now been considered and no information is
held as the Constabulary does not hold a copy of the Chief Constables
terms and conditions of employment.  There is no code or protocol
preventing any retired officer taking up any form of employment after
retirement. 

Yours sincerely

R Pritchard

Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Information Management Department

Please note:

 1. Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may
contain a link to additional information, which may provide
you with further clarification.
 2. Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order
to seek clarification, all other communication should be made
in writing.
 3. Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review
procedure (copy attached).

<<A&S Appeals Procedure.doc>>

 

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