Elected police commissioner to hire £56,000-a-year deputy
DERBYSHIRE'S new Police and Crime Commissioner is to appoint a deputy on a £56,000-a-year salary.
Alan Charles revealed his intention as he took to the streets of Normanton to speak to residents about their concerns.
He said he would be inviting people to apply for the position of deputy commissioner to help with the workload.
He said: "We will be putting an advert out next week.
"I'm making it an application which is open to anyone who wants to apply.
"The job description will be to support the mandate I've been elected on and to show commitment to the Derbyshire public."
Mr Charles was elected to the commissioner role last month, beating rival candidates Simon Spencer, Rod Hutton and David Gale to the £75,000-a-year position.
The walkabout had been originally arranged for last week but he was forced to cancel his planned visit to the Derby suburb due to "unforeseen circumstances".
But yesterday he spoke to residents in the area while being accompanied by local councillors and police community support officers.
Mr Charles said: "I've had a very warm welcome from the people in Normanton.
"I wanted to thank people for their support. Normanton is a fantastic community."
He said issues which were raised included street drinking and noise levels, which would be looked into.
Councillor Gulfraz Nawaz took part in the walk with Mr Charles and described the activity as "excellent".
He said: "We are really pleased that he has come back to Normanton and has thanked everybody for their support.
"It helps give the public confidence about the PCC and his role."
Mohammed Shabir, 45, of Crewe Street, said he voted for Mr Charles in the election.
He said: "My whole family voted for him because we felt he would be able to change things for the better.
"Drugs and street drinking are the main issues in Normanton and I hope Alan will be able to help sort this."
Another resident, Ahmed Raza, 27, said he was impressed that Mr Charles had visited the area.
He said: "It was a great idea and it meant he was able to see exactly what Normanton is like and what the problems are."