Police authority chairmen reappointed

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 June 2012

A directly-elected police commissioner will replace the chairmen in November

A directly-elected police commissioner will replace the chairmen in November

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AVON and Somerset Police Authority has elected its last chairman and deputy chairman before they are replaced by a new police commissioner.

Dr Peter Heffer has been reappointed as chairman and Somerset County Council member Claire Gordon as his deputy.

The roles will disappear from November when they will be replaced by a directly-elected police and crime commissioner as part of a major Government shake-up.

Dr Heffer said he was committed to ensuring a smooth handover to the new commissioner, saying: “What I remain passionate about is handing over the best possible legacy for the commissioner.

“In 2004 we were one of the worst-performing police forces and thanks to the chief officer team, appointed by this authority, we have seen overall satisfaction rise 88 per cent and Avon and Somerset achieve many top 10 places for performance.

“We are proud of the implementation and development of neighbourhood policing which we have overseen, and the overwhelming local support for Police Community Support Officers.

“Members of the police authority have worked hard and will continue to do so right up until November.”

He added that the chairmen were still working to deliver a number of other big projects, including the transformation of the police estate and the introduction of the National Policing Air Service, which will see Avon and Somerset share helicopters with other neighbouring police forces.

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