Warwickshire Police chief to meet his new boss - and you’re all invited

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MEMBERS of the public are invited to the first official meeting between the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire and the county’s Chief Constable.

Commissioner Ron Ball says the meeting is part of the process by which he will hold Chief Constable Andy Parker open to account for the running of Warwickshire Police.

During the meeting the Chief Constable will present a report on the current performance of the force.

There will also be an update on the collaboration between police in Warwickshire and West Mercia and a verbal report about the force’s finances.

During the meeting, Mr Ball will also provide an update on decisions he has made since coming to office on November 22, when he was elected to the role. Mr Ball said: “This is the first of what I plan will become regular meeting with the Chief Constable, which are open to the public to attend.

“It is important that the people in Warwickshire understand how their police force works, and how decisions are taken to ensure it operates to deliver maximum protection within its budget.

“We are still looking at ways to ensure the public are kept informed about the work and the decisions of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and how the office of the PCC works with the Chief Constable and the force.”

Mr Ball was elected as an independent candidate last month. He beat Conservative Fraser Pithie and Labour’s James Plaskitt to land the £65,000-per-year post.

He has no control over the day-to-day operation of the force, but is responsible for holding its chief officers accountable for their decisions.

He added: “Since coming into office on November 22 I have spent a lot of time getting to know members of Warwickshire Police and also meeting with groups and individuals out and about in Warwickshire.

“I hope that as many people as possible will be able to attend the meeting at Shire Hall on Monday in order to join the Chief Constable and myself at the beginning of a rewarding and successful working partnership.”

The meeting will take place at 9.30am on Monday in Committee Room 2 at Shire Hall in Warwick.