Category Archives: Updates

Quiet Government U-turn provides boost to Independent PCC by-election candidates…

… and the marketing opportunity of a lifetime for Brummie Dentists, if they’re quick. Last Thursday, in the Ninth Delegated Legislation Committee of the House of Commons, the Government performed a U-turn on Police and Crime Commissioners that, by-and-large, has … Continue reading

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Yet more questions for Lancashire’s PCC

There was an element of quiet but persistent confusion at Monday’s Police and Crime Panel for Lancashire. The first issue to come up was the Curious Case of the Missing Chief Executive. This has two key elements, the first of … Continue reading

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Norfolk PCC Stephen Bett steps back from stepping aside

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in PCC world, but I wouldn’t want readers to miss the latest update on the saga of Stephen Bett, Norfolk’s PCC. Mr Bett you will remember had stepped aside from his office while … Continue reading

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Acting-Up

TopOfTheCops readers do not disappoint, and several have copied me into emails to Birmingham City Council’s Chief Executive to alert him to the vacancy in the office of PCC for West Midlands. By my reckoning, if he had not managed … Continue reading

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Waiting for the starting pistol

On Tuesday we all had to deal with the sad news that Bob Jones had died, and almost immediately to consider the impending by-election in the West Midlands. As reported at the time, there is a 35-business-day deadline by which … Continue reading

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PCC Scrutiny heats up in Norfolk

It’s all steadily getting worse for Norfolk’s PCC, Stephen Bett. At first there was the problem of his expenses, embarrassing but investigated and then repaid. Then the IPCC finally decided to have someone investigate them from a criminal perspective. Then … Continue reading

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West Midlands PCC Bob Jones CBE dies suddenly, aged 59

This morning we had the sad news that Bob Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, has suddenly died in his sleep overnight, at the age of 59. You can sign a Book of Condolences here. I never … Continue reading

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