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Relationship between mayors and chiefs needs a reset says staff body

There is a misconception that a PCC or mayor can dismiss a chief constable at will says chief

The way regional mayors and PCCs approach their relationship with chief constables needs an urgent reset in wake of the way Cressida Dick was forced to stand down by the London Mayor, the Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA) has said.

CPOSA chair John Robins, chief constable of West Yorkshire said Sir Tom Winsor’s report into the affair made “shocking reading” and mayors and PCCs “should not think they employ chief constables.”

In his report into the circumstances under which Cressida Dick resigned having been given an hour to decide on her future by an ultimatum from the Mayor’s office, the former Chief HMI said there should be “serious political consequences” for any Mayor or PCC who oversteps the mark.

The Home Office is currently conducting a review of the PCC/Mayor governance arrangements.

In a statement CC Robins said:  “Sir Thomas’ detailed report makes for shocking reading and CPOSA believes it is time for a reset in the way Mayors and PCCs approach their relationship with Chief Constables.

“In most cases the relationship between a Mayor or PCC and the Chief Constable is productive and benefits the communities they both serve. However, there are clear legislative provisions that must be followed if that relationship breaks down, which clearly did not happen in this case.

“It is clear in legislation that Chief Constables are not the employee of a Mayor or PCC.  Mayors and PCCs should not think they ‘employ’ the Chief Constable”, they do not. The misconception that a PCC or Mayor can ‘dismiss’ a Chief Constable at their will is a profound mistake. This was never the will of Parliament when the legislation was introduced. Ending the appointment of a Chief Constable can and should only happen in accordance with the legislation and the options that it provides to do so.

“Dame Cressida Dick CBE QPM is one of the most highly regarded and respected leaders modern policing has had. She certainly is the outstanding policing leader of her generation. London, Londoners and the Metropolitan Police Service have lost an exemplary leader whose departure from policing extends well beyond the boroughs of the capital.

“CPOSA has and continues to stand by Dame Cressida in the way she was treated and will not shy away from tackling injustice in any form. It is right that this report lays out the injustice for all to see.”

CPOSA is the independent staff association for Chief Police Officers and staff. It provides support and offers guidance to its members on matters relating to conditions of service and welfare of chief officers.

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