My talks with commissioner Alan Charles must be held in public, says our top cop Mick Creedon
DERBYSHIRE'S top cop has said his talks with the new police and crime commissioner should be kept open, transparent and in the public domain.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said he was looking forward to working with Alan Charles but that any talks between them must be publicly available.
Speaking after Mr Charles was sworn in as the county's first commissioner at a ceremony at Force HQ in Ripley, Mr Creedon added that swearing an oath of impartiality, as Mr Charles has, was also important for public confidence because it showed he would be free of any political agenda.
He said: "Over the years, there have been police committees, police authorities and now a police commissioner and, in a sense, the way operational policing has worked has not changed a huge amount whoever has been overseeing it.
"What I would like to see in place is a scheme whereby the meetings I have with Alan are available for all to view.
"The police authority meetings were open to the public and the papers for each meeting were available in advance for people to read.
"I hope that kind of transparency continues as it would show the public that we are open and delivering the results they want to see."
Mr Charles was voted in by the public as the county's first commissioner on Friday.
The Labour councillor beat Conservative Simon Spencer, independent Rod Hutton and UKIPs David Gale to the £75,000 -a-year role.
He now has powers which include setting the force's budget and hiring and firing the Chief Constable.
Today, he will meet the people of Derby during his first walkabout in Pear Tree and Normanton.
Mr Charles said: "The last time I talked with the residents was during the election campaign when I listened to what they had to say about anti-social behaviour issues in their neighbourhoods,
"Now that I am their elected representative, it's time to start the ball rolling.
"I'll be asking for latest information about what's going on so that we can find the local solutions they need."
Mr Charles will be accompanied on the walkabout by Derby city councillors Gulfraz Nawaz and Hardyal Dhindsa. Mr Dhindsa said: "As part of his election pledge Alan said he wanted to get out on the streets of Derbyshire as soon as he could to listen to their views. "
All three will start their walkabout outside Pak Foods in Normanton Road at 1.30pm.