Newark: New Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner to scrap deputy role in move she says could save £78,000 a year
Newly-elected Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry is set to scrap the deputy commissioner role in a move she says could save £78,000 a year.
All Police and Crime Commissioners are entitled to appoint a deputy to assist them during their time in oﬃce.
Previous Commissioner, former MP Paddy Tipping, appointed Emma Foody as his deputy in 2020.
Mrs Henry said: “Until the deputy commissioner post is mandated by law, which is likely to come at some point as the workload increases, I will be scrapping the role and saving the money.”
Mrs Henry, who won a majority of just over 7,000 votes in the election on May 6, said she was determined to be a transforming force and put more police oﬃcers on the streets.
Mrs Henry said: “I am absolutely committed to doing things diﬀerently.
“We are going to make sure that every penny we spend is money well spent, and wherever possible is ploughed into front-line policing.
“Our police oﬃcers deserve better resources and more colleagues, and I am doing everything I can to achieve that,” she said.
Mrs Henry hoped the gesture would set the tone for how she wanted to run the county’s policing budget going forward.
In another move to save costs, Mrs Henry has confirmed she will not claim expense payments while working in Nottinghamshire.
“We are paid by the public purse and claiming additional expenses for my work across the county doesn’t sit well with me,” she said.
“I would rather save money where I can so that we can use it to deliver the quality police service the public expect and deserve.”
Mrs Henry made a campaign pledge to review the decision to relocate Newark Police Station from Queens Road to a purpose-built extension to the district council’s headquarters at Castle House and was in town last week on a fact-finding mission.