Alright, alright, there are other free briefing events other than the one put on by Crest Advisory (26 June, Tavistock Square, London) although the Crest one is the only one with me in it, so why you would even bother…
You might, for example, want to register for the Policy Exchange event on 19 June about the Impact of PCCs on the policing landscape (at Deloitte, 2 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BZ). It’s not just for Prospective PCCs and lunch is provided but places are limited. (Why do I get the feeling it is going to be full of cops now I’ve pointed out the free lunch?)
My fans at the Local Government Association have slipped a day of PCC related stuff (28 June) into their annual conference at the ICC in Birmingham, and prospective PCCs can attend the whole conference for free, though my invite said I should reply by 11 June, so you might want to get a move on and email firstname.lastname@example.org . Given that a place at the LGA conference costs between £495 and £640, if you were thinking of going anyway it might be worth developing an intention to stand as a PCC just for the saving. If you are a Councillor who is intending to stand for PCC and your Council is paying for you to attend, you probably need your head checked.
The Association of Police Authorities, in the guise of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, are putting on a briefing day at 29 June at NPIA Ryton, near Coventry.
So, a little geographic diversity there – though nothing in Manchester yet. Oh, the ACPO event was in Manchester, but it was the only one of the five that PCCs had to pay to go to. Whatever they say, ACPO aren’t short of a few coppers…
Full marks to Ian Chisnall for recognising in the comments section here that three of the four all happen in the same week, and he seeks more coordination. Given they happen in the same week however, it’s close to miraculous that no two end up on the same day.
And before all you suspicious sorts start asking questions, not one of them has given me a penny for this free publicity. Nor did ACPO. I do it for love!