Hampshire’s crime commissioner defends his £200,000 spend on staff

STAFF COSTS Hampshire's police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes, and inset, Rob Jarman and Judy Venables
STAFF COSTS Hampshire's police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes, and inset, Rob Jarman and Judy Venables

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HAMPSHIRE’s police and crime commissioner has defended the appointment of five new senior staff at a cost of more than £200,000.

Simon Hayes has employed two assistant commissioners and three new heads of department.

He said the new recruits will help deliver his Police and Crime Plan, and urged the public to ‘judge me on results’.

But Hampshire Police Federation said Mr Hayes needs to justify the spend to the electorate.

It comes as the force continues to battle multi-million pound spending cuts.

Judy Venables, assistant commissioner for safer communities, and Rob Jarman, assistant commissioner for criminal justice, have been employed on two-year, fixed-term posts.

They will be paid salaries of £20,400 and £30,600 respectively for the part-time roles.

Pay scales for the three heads of department range from £51,183 to £57,607. Their exact salaries have not been revealed.

Mr Hayes said: ‘I would ask people to judge me on results, not on fashionable scepticism over the costs.

‘My agenda and that of the team is to deliver a social change agenda, which is in the policing plan. It’s to have an agenda that prevents crime in the first place, particularly among young people, and prevent reoffending. If we can deliver that we will see fewer victims and an even safer community.

‘We have a new agenda, we need the people with the skills and talent and ability to deliver that. We are delivering this for the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.’

He added: ‘There is nothing generous about this, it is the cost of representing the public.’

John Apter, Hampshire Police Federation chairman, said: ‘I fully appreciate that the office of the police and crime commissioner needs to be equipped to do the job. For him to spend so much money on staff is something that he needs to justify to the public who elected him.’

WHO ARE THE NEW RECRUITS?

Rob Jarman: Assistant commissioner for criminal justice, served as a Hampshire police officer for 30 years in ranks up to Superintendent and spent his last four years as head of the criminal justice department.

Judy Venables: Assistant commissioner for safer communities, was an independent member of Hampshire Police Authority from 2007 until it disbanded last year and had a full career in the army, leaving as a colonel in 2006

Alan Hagger: Hampshire County Council’s former head of commissioning, has been appointed head of strategic commissioning. James Payne: Also worked for the county council, is estates strategy and delivery director.

Alison Dewar: Worked for the Audit Commission, is head of performance and delivery.