Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has announced her intention to appoint Steve Waight as a full-time Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner.
Commenting on the proposed appointment Commissioner Bourne said: “When I was elected I chose to get on and do the job before making any decisions about appointing a potential Deputy.
“It is now 10 weeks since the election and during that time there has been a lot of discussion nationally about Police & Crime Commissioners and new appointments to their teams.
“Sussex is a large area and there are many calls on my time. I am convinced the support of a Deputy is absolutely necessary to help ensure I can do the best job possible for residents during my time in office.
“I have inherited a small team [8 full time staff] previously employed by Sussex Police Authority who are doing a great job. Steve’s experience and links with the local community as former Chairman of the Police Authority and a local Councillor will be an invaluable addition to the team. He will play a vital role in supporting me in working with the police, partners and the public to ensure we are all safer in Sussex.”
Mr Waight will be paid an annual salary of £45,000. His appointment is subject to a confirmation hearing by the Police & Crime Panel on 7 February.
About the role of Deputy PCC
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (The Act) specifically enables PCCs to appoint a Deputy PCC and to delegate functions to the deputy to exercise.
The Act specifies certain functions that may only be delegated from the PCC to the Deputy PCC and no-one else. These include:
· Determining police and crime objectives
· Attending meetings of the Police & Crime Panel
· Preparing an annual report to the Police & Crime Panel
The Deputy PCC may not set the budget, issue the Police & Crime Plan or appoint/dismiss the Chief Constable.
The role of Deputy PCC is not subject to a democratic vote and does not have to be advertised. It can therefore be filled by any individual appointed by the Commissioner. The Police & Crime Panel can scrutinise the decision but has no power of veto.
A Deputy PCC is not politically restricted but similar restrictions as to a PCC apply.
The appointment of a Deputy will end when the current term of office of the PCC ends.