Membership selection

Freddy Crabbe made this Freedom of Information request to Hampshire Police and Crime Panel

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Dear Hampshire Police and Crime Panel,

1. May I be advised of the method of selection and appointment of this panel with the authority for having done so?
2. If the authority is statutory please provide the reference.
3. Please also quote the authority for exercising powers over the democratically elected PCC and decisions they make.

Yours faithfully,

Freddy Crabbe

Members Services, Hampshire Police and Crime Panel

Dear Mr Crabbe,

Thank you for your email and apologies for the delay in responding to
you. As the questions you ask do not related to recorded information, we
are not treating your enquiry as a request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act.

However we are happy to help and I hope that the following resolves your
queries:

1. May I be advised of the method of selection and appointment of
this panel with the authority for having done so?

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 ("the Act")
introduced changes to the arrangements for governance of the Policing
Service. In November 2012, police authorities were abolished and
replaced by a Police and Crime Commissioner ("the Commissioner") for
each policing area. The Act also required the local authorities for
each policing area to establish a Police and Crime Panel to review and
scrutinise the Commissioner's actions and decisions, with a view to
supporting the work of the Commissioner.

As per the Panel Arrangements, drafted in accordance with the Act and
agreed by all of the Local Authorities in Hampshire and the Isle of
Wight, The Panel for the Hampshire Policing Area must consist of:

- 15 members each appointed by their local authority. Authorities are
free to determine whether they are represented by their Leader,
executive member or non-executive member (except where an authority has
an elected mayor, in which case they must be appointed)
- A minimum of 2 co-opted members appointed by the Panel. These cannot
be members of local authorities within the Hampshire Policing Area
- Up to 3 additional co-opted members may be appointed by the Panel,
subject to the agreement of the Secretary of State. These may be, but do
not have to be, members of local authorities within the Hampshire
Policing Area
- All Panel members are equal voting members
- In the unlikely event that an authority fails to appoint a member,
there are provisions enabling appointment of a member of that authority
by the Secretary of State.

2. If the authority is statutory please provide the reference.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and subsequent
related Regulations sets out the Authority to establish a Police and
Crime Panel

3. Please also quote the authority for exercising powers over the
democratically elected PCC and decisions they make.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and subsequent
related Regulations sets out the powers and responsibilities of the
Police and Crime Panel.

You may find further information on the Police and Crime Panel website
useful:

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshire-pcp.htm

The Panel Arrangements as considered by the Cabinet at Hampshire County
Council in April 2012 may be found here (under report):

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/councilmeetings...
ocuments.htm?sta=&pref=Y&item_ID=3876&tab=2

Please let me know if I can help further.

best regards

Kevin

Kevin Greenhough
Group Manager
Business Advice and Member Support
Corporate Services Department
Hampshire County Council
The Castle,
Winchester SO23 8UJ
[Hampshire PCP request email]

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Dear Hampshire Police and Crime Panel,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Hampshire Police and Crime Panel's handling of my FOI request 'Membership selection'.

It is apparent that evasive action is being taken.

I have been provided with a reference that does not work.

The invitation to file a new request is an obvious delaying tactic

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/me...

Yours faithfully,

Freddy Crabbe

Freddy Crabbe left an annotation ()

It is apparent to me the concept of appointing Police and Crime Commissioners (P&CC) to represent the interests of members of the public has been negated by the devious process of appointing Police and Crime Panels (P&CP) which have been selected from the very bodies which P&CC s were intended to replace.

Therefore what has resulted is the purported Independent P&CC has joined forces with those he was intended to replace in an attempt to clear out the Aegean Stables whereas it appears to me that he has accepted the comfortable stall that has been arranged for him.

May I encourage others to ask more searching questions? It seems that Mr Simon Hayes believes that he has no obligation to answer questions from the public that he does not like so he has the power to pick and chose who he is answerable to.

It appears to me that he prefers to join forces with the political committees and panels I had sincerely hoped and believed it was his task to cleanse from the practice of having lengthy meetings to discuss policing while consuming much in time and travel expenses plus subsistence allowances commonly referred to as 'The gravy train'

May I encourage more members of the public to ask searching questions and not be lulled into what to me are false reports from those who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo which I firmly believe is against the public interest and was quite properly designed to be protected by the appointment of P&CC which has been derailed from the outset.

It is a thinly veiled attempt to take control of policing by political parties and seriously to the detriment of public interest