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Public & Candidate Engagement

The following table outlines engagement between the Office of the Police and Crime Commisioner and those interested in the PCC elections, those intending to stand and, once confirmed, PCC Candidates for the May 2016 PCC elections.

Queries & Engagement
 Query Response Documents

25/10/2015 (EMAIL)

hi - could you send
me details please on the process to put ones name forward for the 2016 PCC
election.......thank you

I am contacting you further to your email requesting information about the forthcoming PCC elections.

As things currently stand the date for the election is forecast to be 5th May 2016, this is subject to confirmation from the Cabinet Office. Working back from that date, if you intend to stand you will need to declare this to the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) by 4pm on 7th April 2016. For these elections the PARO is Janie Berry, Director of Governance and Monitoring Officer at Derby City Council. Her email address is janie.berry@derby.gov.uk  You will need to provide your nomination papers, 100 signatures from registered electors in the local elected policing area (i.e. Derbyshire) and a £5000 deposit, I would however strongly recommend that you contact the PARO to confirm all of these details. The PARO will then ensure that you qualify to stand as a candidate. Chapter 6 (Police and Crime Commissioners: elections and vacancies) of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 outlines qualifications and disqualifications for standing as a PCC candidate. If you were interested in standing as a representative of a political party you would need to contact them directly to understand what their process for selecting candidates will be as this may vary from party to party.

As the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire we have no involvement in the election process itself, but will be pulling information together for anyone interested in standing about the role of the PCC; what the statutory responsibilities are; information about policing and crime in  Derbyshire and the East Midlands region; information on budgets and finances; information on collaboration activity etc. This will be available via a dedicated part of our website – www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk I anticipate that we will start putting information on the site over the next few weeks, so I would suggest that you bookmark the page and check the site regularly for updates. Additional information will also be available through a variety of websites including The Electoral Commission site and the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners – we will, of course, ensure links to these other sites are made available via our 2016 Election pages on the Derbyshire PCC website. We will also include links to any information published by the PARO relating to the election process itself.

In order to ensure transparency for all those interested in standing for the role any questions into the office about the PCC elections, including your enquiry, will be published on the website. We will not, however, publish the details of who has asked any questions - merely the question itself and our response.

I hope that this has answered your question. Please visit the Derbyshire PCC for more information over the coming months, and should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch and I will try and answer them for you.

 

04/03/2016 (MEETING)


Meeting between the Chief Executive and a prospective PCC Candidate.

Following a letter that was sent to all known prospective PCC candidates (and shared as an open letter on the PCC's website), a propective PCC candidate took up the officer to meet with the Chief Executive. The meeting lasted approximately 60 minutes and covered the following areas:

The role of the PCC
The set up of existing PCC's office, including statutory officers and roles within the OPCC
The PCC's ability to appoint a deputy
The use of mobile technology
An overview of the financial challenges
Mental Health and the use of s.136 of the Mental Health Act [Custody cells as a place of saftey]
Consultation & Engagement Responibilities and current practice
The Police & Crime Panel
The relationship with the Chief Constable
Force Structures
The Election Process (with a reminder that this is the remit of the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO))
Other work commitments

The prospective candidate was directed towards the section on the PCC's wesbite that has a number of useful links to information that might be of interest. The candidate was also informed of an event that is being planned for Friday 15th April 2016 for all confirmed candidates to recieve a detailed briefing from the PCC's office, the Force and partners.

 

10/03/2016 (MEETING)


Meeting between the Chief Executive and a prospective PCC Candidate.

Following a letter that was sent to all known prospective PCC candidates (and shared as an open letter on the PCC's website), a propective PCC candidate took up the officer to meet with the Chief Executive. The meeting lasted approximately 90 minutes and covered the following areas:

The role of the PCC
Funding inc. the Council Tax Precept
Community Safety
Complaints handling
Volunteering inc. Special Constabulary
Police officer numbers
Local Policing inc. police officer visibility
The Election process and the role of the PARO
Other work commitments

The prospective candidate was directed towards the section on the PCC's wesbite that has a number of useful links to information that might be of interest. The candidate was also informed of an event that is being planned for Friday 15th April 2016 for all confirmed candidates to recieve a detailed briefing from the PCC's office, the Force and partners.

 

17/03/2016 (EMAIL)

I am very concerned to see that XXXXXXX is using his personal face book account to show off images of himself as deputy PCC with Derbyshire Police staff, I understand that he is still in post until the 7th April but any photos of him in a official capacity should surly only be used on official PCC Literature and web sites, as this gives him an unfair advantage over other candidates.

The Chief Constable made it very clear to me that I was not able to be photographed with any of his officers or staff to be used in my political campaign, dose this not apply to all candidates ? please follow this up and get back to me asap

 

 

Apologies for the delay in getting back to you...this has been the first opportunity I have had to respond.

From what I can see from the example you sent it would appear that XXXXXXX has shared a picture from the PCC’s Facebook page on his own Facebook page. Whilst I can understand your point of view, the nature of social media is that people do share images.

As you point out XXXXXXXX is the Deputy PCC until the end of his notice period(6th April 2016) and as such he is contracted to act in that role until then. From what I can see on the image it was a picture taken in his role as Deputy PCC, and published as an official PCC business photo.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s and Force’s view remains that staff and officers should not be included in any campaigning photographs.

I shall, however, have another look at the photo once I am back in the office on Monday. I will also ensure that XXXXXXX is reminded of the rules relating to his roles as both current Deputy PCC and potential PCC candidate for the 2016 election.

I am sorry I cannot be of more assistance at this point.

 

22/03/2016 (EMAIL)

Please can you give the following information on the PR company Better Times that is sending out the PCC Press releases on behalf of the PCC.
• Why can this not be done in the PCC office by internal staff
• What is the total cost to date for Derbyshire Tax Payers for the services of this company.
I look forward to a response at your soonest opportunity.
Kind regards

 

As you have correctly pointed out the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) retains the PR company Better Times to handle media and PR work. The rationale behind this is as follows.

The PCC could employ staff to undertake a media and communications role, however, there is currently no establishment post within the office to undertake these duties. (You should be aware that the real cost of a member of staff is more than simply a published salary, and ‘on-costs’ would run to approximately an additional 33% on top of any salary paid to an individual.) It is our belief that the current arrangements offer better value for money as we would need to employ a small team to undertake the work and offer the 24/7 coverage we get with the current contract.

 The base value of the contract, which currently runs from 01/07/13 to 30/06/16, is £64,800 – in other words £21,600 per year. Any additional work above that set out in the contract is published on our website (http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Finance-and-Grants/Items-of-Expenditure-exceeding-500.aspx) From Jul 2013 to Dec 2015 additional costs have totalled £111962. This gives an overall cost of £165962 for the period of the contract between July 2013 – Dec 2015.

I hope this answers your questions

 

23/03/2016 (EMAIL)

FOI request – Office of the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Could you please inform me of the amount of money the office of the Derbyshire police and crime commissioner has paid to any organisations or consultancies for media/communications/public relations services/ or any external organisations that do not have a statutory function within the PCC office
 
Could I please have the information by financial years 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 and from April to October 2015
 
Could I also have the name of any organisation or consultancies paid to provide services and a brief summary of what media/communications/public relations service/or any external organisations that do not have a statutory function within the PCC office/ offered as part of the contract?
 

 

I can confirm that I have received your FOI request. I have passed it onto the member of staff within the office who deals with FOI requests, XXX XXXXX, and we shall respond within the timeframes outlined in the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
In the mean time I would suggest that you might find the following links useful:
 
Contracts & Tenders
http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Finance-and-Grants/Contracts-and-tenders.aspx
 
Spend over £500
http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Finance-and-Grants/Items-of-Expenditure-exceeding-500.aspx

 

29/03/2016 (EMAIL)

Hello,

I've recently received a polling card for May 5th, which tells me that there will be an election for the pocist of police commissioner for Derbyshire on that date.

Can you please tell me when, and how, informations about the candidates will be available.

Thanks

 

Thank you for your recent email about the forthcoming PCC elections. Whilst the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is unable to get involved in the election process itself, our website does contain information about the role and some useful links to other websites.

For the 2016 elections Derby City Council are the lead local authority and it is one of their senior officers who is fulfilling the role of Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) and it is the PARO who has responsibility for managing the election process. The PARO, Janie Berry, can be contacted by email at janie.berry@derby.gov.uk

Nominations for candidates in the election close at 4pm on Thursday 7th April 2016, after which the PARO will check the eligibility of candidates to stand and will then announce who the official candidates are. Information about candidates will be available via a number of sources including online at the www.choosemypcc.org.uk website. The website is currently suggesting information will be available from around 13th April 2016.

I hope this helps and thank you for contacting the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

 

29/03/2016 (EMAIL)

Hi there I'm just wondering if you had any information on the potential candidates for the next commisisoner and what they stand for cause to be fair I think ALan Charles is doing a spot on job already crime is at an all time low but if he isn't going for re-election I wish him all the best and thanks for all you've done his out right stand on cannabis as less deadly as alcohol should be taken on everywhere in the UK he had the vision 4 potential I would also like to say if it has being forced upon him by we know who stand up for what you belive to be true we all are 100% backing you with the right laws that work 4 everyone Not just the rich there would be such peace like you wouldn't believe we are all borthers and sisters blessed be xxxx

 

Thank you for your recent email about the forthcoming PCC elections. Whilst the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is unable to get involved in the election process itself, our website does contain information about the role and some useful links to other websites.

 For the 2016 elections Derby City Council are the lead local authority and it is one of their senior officers who is fulfilling the role of Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) and it is the PARO who has responsibility for managing the election process. The PARO, Janie Berry, can be contacted by email at janie.berry@derby.gov.uk

 Nominations for candidates in the election close at 4pm on Thursday 7th April 2016, after which the PARO will check the eligibility of candidates to stand and will then announce who the official candidates are. Information about candidates will be available via a number of sources including online at the www.choosemypcc.org.uk website. The website is currently suggesting information will be available from around 13th April 2016.

I hope this helps and thank you for contacting the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

 

29/03/2016 (EMAIL)

I understand that the deadline for prospective candidates is next week, so you must be getting pretty busy.

Unfortunately, given my current workload, I’m not able to organise the similar level of hustings as in the previous election. However, I would like to put a briefing pack together for businesses in each area, to introduce the candidates and to summarise their manifestos, when it comes to addressing the needs of businesses.

Once the deadline has passed, and all the prospective candidates are known, would I be able to channel correspondence with the candidates via your office to arrange this please? If so, who would be the best point of contact?

 

Apologies for the delay in getting back to you, as I am sure you can imagine it is a little busy at this end!

In terms of hustings that isn’t something that we are allowed to get involved in… we cannot get involved in the election process. We can promote the fact that there is an election but that would be as far as I would be comfortable with this office getting involved.

If you would like to pull together something for all prospective candidates to see I am more than happy to add a link or a pdf to the page we have on our website that contains info for prospective PCCs, as for getting info back to them again I am somewhat limited in what I can do.

The deadline has now passed and the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) is in the process of checking all of the nominations. There is a government website which will contain information on all of the local candidates www.choosemypcc.org.uk which suggests it will have information on it after 13th April. The PARO is a woman called Janie Berry who works for Derby City Council and her email address is Janie.berry@derby.gov.uk she is your best bet for a point of contact.

Sorry I can’t be of any more assistance. 

 

05/04/2016 (MEETING)

Meeting between potential Police & Crime Commissioner candidate and the Treasurer to the Police & Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire

 

 

Topics of discussion:

Police & Crime Commissioner budget responsibilities
The Treasurer explained that the Commissioner is the holder of all resources and allocates the majority of revenue funding (police formula funding, precept funding and government grants) to the Chief Constable. The Commissioner retains about £4m.

Budget allocations for 2016/17
These are contained in the revenue budget report to the Strategic Governance Board meeting in January. This can be accessed through this link SGB papers January 2016.

Make-up of the Police & Crime Commissioner’s budget
This includes budget for the Commissioner’s Office, and for commissioning services to victims. These were explained as the following services – generic, young people, domestic abuse, sexual violence, restorative justice; hate crime services are being scoped.

Chief Constable’s budget
This was touched upon as in the January Strategic Governance Board report.

Funding the Police and Crime Panel was questioned and it was explained that this was not a Police & Crime Commissioner costs but met by the host authority. The host authority is the County Council who volunteered prior to November 2012. 

Recent cost-saving history of the Derbyshire police
The Treasurer explained that this has been delivered most recently through the Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) process where all services were required to review their costs with proposals for making financial savings and changing the way services a redelivered.

PFI Agreements
XXXXXXXX asked whether there were any PFI agreements in place and why had the PFI’s not been bought out. The Treasurer explained that Derbyshire PFI’s were created in the very early days such contracts and the terms precluded buy out at a cost effective price. St Mary’s Warf (the Divisional HQ in Derby) and Ilkeston Police Station were the two Derbyshire PFI buildings.

Reserves
The Treasurer explained the reserves held by the Commissioner and as detailed in the January Strategic Governance Board revenue budget report.

Media Services
The Treasurer explained the rationale behind the Commissioner’s decision to contract for media services rather than directly employing staff; this is to allow for 24/7 cover which would be uneconomic to provide through direct employment.

Niche
XXXXXXXX asked to be provided with anything in the public domain from the Commissioner office on Niche – we have no public reports that can be provided. However, here is a link to the company website http://www.nicherms.com/.

Body Worn Video
XXXXXXXXX asked if all officers on the front line had body cameras, including PCSOs. The Constabulary have advised that all frontline warranted officers have body cameras; PCSOs do not.

 

15/04/2016 (MEETING)

All confirmed PCC candidates and their agents (or reporesentatives) were invited to a briefing event at Force Headquarters.

 

A briefing event was held on the morning of the 15th April 2016 at Force HQ. The idea was to give PCC candidates a flavour of the key issues facing the PCC, Constabulary and partners.

The event included a presentation on the reality of being in the role by the sitting PCC, Alan Charles.

Presentations were also given by the Chief Executive and the Teasurer of the OPCC, the Chief Constable, The Deputy Chief Constable and colleagues from the Fire and Rescue Service. Topics covered included:

  • PCC Roles and Responsibilities
  • Support for the PCC
  • Financial matters
  • The changing face of crime
  • Threat & Risk
  • Responding to austerity
  • Regional Collaboration
  • Work with the Fire and Rescue Service

The Fire and Rescue Service also shared a briefing pack with prospective candidates.

 

29/04/2016 (EMAIL)

So far I have received no information by mail or leafleting about the candidates that we could vote for, for the forthcoming PCC election. Neither could I find any information in the Derbyshire Times about our candidates. Clearly, I'm probably not alone in lacking/ missing information, and we can expect this year's election to be as unrepresentative as the last. I think there was a 15% turnout?

So, I'm now looking on the web, and I can find out the details to help me to make up my mind, and of course I will vote.

But what about others within our county-wide electorate who can't access the web, or who like there information on hard copy? Is there a deliberate policy of treating the electorate like mushrooms, and keeping us in the dark. This election will clearly go off like a damp squib, and any result based on a low turn-out like the last time will not represent what the electorate as a whole want.

Is there a reason for the lack of available information, apart from on the web?

 

Thanks for your recent email about the forthcoming PCC elections and the difficulty you have had in getting information about the elections and the candidates. Whilst I totally understand your frustration at the lack of information available, I must point out that the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is somewhat limited in what we can do in terms of the election. We have published information for candidates about the role and briefings from partners on our website (http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Taking-Part/2016-PCC-Elections/PCC-Election-May-2016.aspx) but in order to maintain the office’s impartiality we unable to promote or publish materials on behalf of any of the candidates.

In terms of the election itself, the senior responsible officer for this is the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) and her name is Janie Berry. Janie works for Derby City Council. She can be contacted at paro@derby.gov.uk or Janie.berry@derby.gov.uk. She has checked the eligibility of the 4 candidates who are standing and will be responsible for the election process and the count that will take place on Friday 6th May. The confirmed candidates for Derbyshire, in alphabetical order, are:

Mr Richard BRIGHT (Conservative)

Mr Hardyal Singh DHINDSA (Labour)

Mr Tom SNOWDEN (Liberal Democrats)

Mr Stuart David YEOWART (UK Independence Party (UKIP))

Individual candidates are responsible for getting messages out to people about their campaign, priorities etc. but with the size of Derbyshire it is a challenge to ensure that election literature is delivered to all registered voters. In  her Foreword to the Electoral Commission’s report on the 2012 PCC elections, the Commission Chair Jenny Watson , made the case for a candidate information booklet being sent to every household. Freepost mailing facilities or booklets are provided at elections to the UK Parliament, European Parliament, and London Mayoral elections, but these were not made available to candidates in the 2016 PCC election. 

The Home Office have funded a website with candidate information on it and this can be found at www.choosemypcc.org.uk

I am sorry that I cannot be of more assistance at this time.

 
 
 
 
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