Hampshire Police Authority chooses leaders

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TOP officials at Hampshire Police Authority have been re-elected.

Councillor Jacqui Rayment and councillor Adrian Collett were re-elected to the posts of chairwoman and vice-chairman of the organisation, which holds the purse strings for Hampshire Constabulary.

They will each be in post for another year after being re-elected in unanimous votes by members.

Cllr Rayment will continue in her role as performance committee chairwoman and Cllr Collett remains chairman of the finance committee. The pair, both Hampshire county councillors, acknowledge the authority faces a ‘demanding time’ as controversial plans to replace them with police and crime commissioners are thrashed out by the government.

Cllr Rayment said: ‘We have a good working relationship with the constabulary, but as an authority, we will never lose sight of the fact that we are here to challenge you and ensure public accountability.

‘The members of the authority are local people who want to see good policing for the benefit of all our communities.’

Hampshire Constabulary is battling to save £50m by 2015.