Decision details

Norfolk Police & Crime Panel - Amendment to Panel Arrangements: Reference: D33/20

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

Amendment to Norfolk Police & Crime Panel Arrangements

Decision:

To approve:

 

1)           An amendment to the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel’s Panel Arrangements, which would allow it to re-appoint a co-opted independent member without open recruitment, the additional paragraphs would read:

 

“A co-opted independent member may be re-appointed for a further period, without open recruitment, if the majority of Panel Members agree. This could only be done once, for a maximum period of four years, having considered whether the re-appointment would allow the PCP to meet its Balanced Appointment Objective”. and

         “At the end of the re-appointment period, should an individual still wish to continue in the role, they would need to re-apply through open recruitment.”

2)    To Air Commodore Kevin Pellatt continuing in the role of co-opted independent member, beyond his appointed term of office, should the Panel be unable to meet before the end of June 2020, for a maximum period of 12 months.

Reasons for the decision:

Due to the emerging situation regarding the Coronavirus pandemic the Council meeting scheduled for 14th May 2020 did not take place, and the Leader of the Council has made this decision as set out in Part 3 Section D3 of the Breckland Council Constitution. 

 

The Norfolk Police and Crime Panel (“the PCP”) has two co-opted independent members. They are each appointed for 4 years, and the appointments are staggered to maximise consistency of membership, skills and experience.

The term of office of Air Commodore Kevin Pellatt, currently the Panel’s Vice-Chairman, is due to come to end in July 2020.

The PCP was due to consider a draft advertisement, application pack, timetable and appoint a selection panel at its 24 March 2020 meeting, with a view to carrying out an open recruitment exercise in the usual way during the spring. The recommended candidate’s appointment was due to be endorsed at the PCP’s meeting on 30 June 2020.

However, owing to pressures on public services as a result of coronavirus - COVID-19, the PCP’s 24 March 2020 meeting was cancelled.

Given the fast moving and uncertain situation relating to coronavirus, the PCP’s Chairman (County Councillor William Richmond) is keen to ensure that the PCP maintains the much-valued skills and experience of its current membership and prevent a vacancy from arising. In order to do so, he asked Norfolk Leaders to seek their Council’s agreement to: an amendment to the Panel Arrangements, which would allow the PCP to re-appoint a co-opted independent member without open recruitment; Air Commodore Pellatt’s continuation in the role, beyond his appointed term of office, should the Panel be unable to meet before the end of June 2020.

 

Alternative options considered:

The PCP could do nothing until it next meets. However, this would mean open recruitment could not begin until after that meeting and would result in an independent member vacancy for a considerable period

 

PCP Members’ agreement to open recruitment could be sought in principle and endorsed at a later meeting. While this would enable the process to begin, the timetable would need to be kept under review alongside any measures required to tackle coronavirus – COVID-19 and which may present challenges, for example at interview stage. It is likely that this would also result in an independent member vacancy for a period.

 

Publication date: 22/05/2020

Date of decision: 22/05/2020

Date comes into force if not called in: 02/06/2020

Call-in deadline date: 01/06/2020

Current call-in Count: 0

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