Police & Crime Commissioners office staff structure & wages.
After a disappointing recent experience with this office, an experience that has left me asking myself, ‘what is the point of its existence’? I thought it prudent to look into the financial cost this ineffective office and it’s employees are to you and me.
The chart below does not include the salary of the Commissioner Arfon Jones or his deputy Ann Griffin, who between them earn well over £100.000 annually.
Astronomical wage structure for part time employees.
What this office is supposed to be and do, for you and me.
The role of the PCCs is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. They are responsible for the totality of policing.
PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.
PCCs have been elected by the public to hold Chief Constables and the force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
PCCs ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible, and are improving local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. They work in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.
Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs must:
- secure an efficient and effective police for their area;
- appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary dismiss them;
- set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan;
- set the force budget and determine the precept;
- contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary; and
- bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up.
In each instance this office has failed.
My previous posts explain:
Arfon Jones, the commissioner, ex North Wales Police inspector.
There’s me thinking an elected commissioner would be completely impartial.
About the Commissioner
Arfon Jones was elected the Police and Crime Commissioner for north Wales on 5 May 2016. He will remain in office until the next elections which will be held in May 2020.
Arfon Jones is originally from Harlech and now lives in Gwersyllt, Wrexham with his wife Gwenfair. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Mr Arfon Jones remains a councillor for Wrexham Council for the Gwersyllt West ward and his portfolio includes membership of the Customers, Performance, Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committee, Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee, Standards Committee and the Chair of Wrexham Locality Committee of the North Wales Community Council.
Mr Arfon Jones had a successful career with North Wales Police from 1978 to 2008 and retired in the rank of Inspector.
Our commissioners is an ex copper, I have submitted a freedom of information request to discover whether or not he is a Freemason.