Derbyshire's Chief Constable, Mick Creedon, gets £100k for force thanks to new commissioner
DERBYSHIRE'S Chief Constable, Mick Creedon, has been handed a double bonus – an extension to his contract and an extra £100,000 to spend how he wishes on the force.
Mr Creedon has been given both the one-year extension and the extra money by the county's new police and crime commissioner, Alan Charles, who made the savings by restructuring his own staff.
The Chief Constable said he was delighted with the faith Mr Charles had shown in him and thanked him for additional money, which he is yet to decide how to spend.
He said: "I am delighted by this decision, as I thoroughly enjoy and value my role.
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"I am fully committed to working with the commissioner to create a successful partnership with clear direction that will deliver further service improvements for local residents, building on the progress we have seen over the last nine years.
"When police and crime commissioners were introduced, the policing minister always claimed that the cost of the new officer would be cheaper than that of the police authority.
"It is really good news that Alan Charles has managed to make savings from the budget allocated to the commissioner's office and he has absolutely delivered that, which the minister said would happen."
Mr Creedon said he was "really pleased" with Alan Charles', adding: "Together we can reinvest this into delivering more local policing.
"Whilst local neighbourhood policing is only one of the many parts that make up the Derbyshire Constabulary, both of us understand how important it is to communities to maintain this visible local presence."
Mr Creedon began his policing career in Leicestershire when he was 22.
He spent most of his service as a detective, becoming head of the specialist crime department before moving to Derbyshire Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable in 2003.
He took up his post as Chief Constable in September 2007, and is keen to continue his work with the Derbyshire force, which is now heading for a tenth year of crime reduction.
Mr Charles said: "Mr Creedon is absolutely committed to policing and has delivered an outstanding performance in Derbyshire.
"He is a high-achieving officer who is delivering good results and making a considerable difference in our local communities.
"As Chief Constable, he has overseen a reduction in crime that is currently the biggest drop in the country.
"Crime in Derbyshire had reduced by more than 17% by the end of the first nine months of our current financial year – a fantastic achievement for the force and its partners.
"Since 2003, there are 41,000 fewer victims in our county and, during his five years as Chief Constable, Mr Creedon has made a valuable contribution to achieving this fantastic result.
"That is the kind of policing we want to see, and that we want to see more of. I believe Mr Creedon is the right man to help make that happen."
TEMPORARY CHIEF EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCED
ALAN Charles has also announced the appointment of an interim chief executive.
Phil Harper has taken up the role while the recruitment process for a permanent one takes place.
The commissioner is required by law to have a chief executive, as well as a chief financial officer.
Mr Harper was previously transition and business manager during the handover of governance from the police authority to the commissioner.
He will take up his new role on February 1 and continue to hold this position until a permanent chief executive is appointed.
Mr Charles said: "During transition, the roles of chief executive and treasurer were merged but legislation dictates that my office has to appoint these two roles separately."
During the transition period Helen Boffy, the police authority's former treasurer, undertook the joint role of chief executive and treasurer. The transition now successfully completed, Mrs Boffy has chosen to resume her role as the commissioner's chief finance officer, which will also take effect from February 1.
Mr Charles said: "With Helen as chief finance officer and Phil as interim chief executive, my office will be benefiting from valuable continuity while the recruitment process is under way."