WMPCP West Midlands Police and Crime Panel
Birmingham Council House
Flat 2, 18 St Michaels Road
18 December 2012
Dear Mr Taylor
I have been given your letter dated 17 December 2012 and will try to address the issues below.
It is not of statutory relevance that this was announced in the summer,
but it was of important contextual relevance that the PCC's choice of
Deputy was public prior to the election.
The comment referred to related to a specific question asked of Cllr Mosquito at the hearing about the broader stakeholders.
This is a paid employee role for a new organisation. One would
assume an induction would be put in place. As you know the panel
does not have a statutory authority to demand this and was not seeking
to do so. It does, however, have a statutory requirement to support the
effective exercise of the PCC in his role and the advice was offered in
As it is a paid post and, therefore subject to employment law, the panel
was seeking to have some reassurance that a redundancy pay out
would not be requested at the end of the term of office in order to
safeguard PCC funds.
You will see that training / induction is seen as important in that it is explicitly identified on the panel's work programme. On 29 October
there was a session on the principles of public life relating to the panel,
on roles of the panel, PCC and Chief Constable and on the forthcoming
confirmation hearing. There was a session on 10 December to brief
Members on the PCC's budget prior to formal discussions in the New
Year. The challenge is in having time to cover all relevant issues as
panel members do not receive an allowance for attending meetings or
training, but I am committed to taking opportunities to do this when
The rules of procedure were agreed on 20 July by the shadow panel.
Papers at: http://www.birminghamcsp.org.uk/shadow-west-midlands-
Minutes of this meeting are at: http://bit.ly/RzW9ZB
I hope this answers your queries. The Panel's formal meetings are, of course
open to the public. Information on meetings is currently on
[Darren C. Cooper]
Councillor Darren Cooper
Chair, West Midlands Police & Crime Panel
Leader Sandwell MBC