New Staffordshire Commissioner Holds First Police, Fire and Crime Panel

New Staffordshire Commissioner Ben Adams held his first meeting of the Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel yesterday (21 June), with the public able to watch live online.

During the meeting, the panel agreed the appointment of Helen Fisher as Deputy Commissioner, working alongside Ben to deliver his priorities for keeping people safe.

The panel also confirmed Deputy Chief Constable Emma Barnett as Staffordshire Police’s Temporary Chief Constable, following the retirement of former Chief Constable Gareth Morgan earlier this month.

Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams said: “These meetings give the public the opportunity to keep up to date on key issues within police and fire and rescue, so they can have confidence that the service delivered provides the best outcomes for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent”.

“They are about being open, honest and transparent, ensuring the decisions I make and the plans I develop for Staffordshire are held up for scrutiny on behalf of the public.”

Temporary Chief Constable Emma Barnett said: “I consider it an enormous privilege to be appointed Temporary Chief Constable to lead Staffordshire Police as we emerge from an unprecedented period dealing with the pandemic and supporting communities through the most challenging of times”.

“I remain committed to improving how we deliver our service with a focus on delivering better outcomes around satisfaction, confidence, crime and harm reduction and criminal justice outcomes. I am confident that by working together with partners and the public we will achieve a safer Staffordshire for local communities.”

The Police, Fire and Crime Panel was created in 2012 at the same time as the role of Police and Crime Commissioner, to represent the public in holding the Commissioner to account.

Panel members include representatives from each of the principal local authorities in the county, together with two independent members.

Accountability, transparency and openness in the police and fire and rescue service are key priorities for the Commissioner, ensuring the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are better informed and involved in how services are delivered.

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Tony Walley
Tony Walley
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