New Hampshire chief constable selected

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THE police and crime commissioner for Hampshire, Simon Hayes, has selected Andy Marsh as his preferred candidate to be the next chief constable.

Mr Marsh, currently the deputy chief constable, was selected after a two-day interview process.
The commissioner will now go before a confirmation hearing this Friday in the Council Chamber at The Castle in Winchester.

Mr Hayes said: “There were four strong candidates, but throughout the whole process, Andy Marsh demonstrated to me that he is the right man to lead the force, that he shares my vision for the future and has the ability to inspire officers and staff to deliver my priorities and to make Hampshire and the Isle of Wight an even safer place.”

Mr Marsh joined Hampshire police as DCC in July 2010. He started his career with Avon and Somerset Police before transferring to Wiltshire as an assistant chief constable in 2007. He returned to his former force in 2009 before moving to Hampshire.

The Commissioner’s appointment panel consisted of Khalid Aziz, chairman of the Naomi House hospice; Julian Gibbons, president of the Hampshire National Farmers’ Union; Andrew Lloyd, chief executive of Rushmoor Borough Council; Hallam Mills, High Sheriff of Hampshire; Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers and former chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and Liz Mackenzie, an independent member, appointed to ensure it was a fair, open and merit-based process.

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3:17pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Breazy Bantam says...

I am disquieted by the somewhat self centered tone used here. I understood that there was number of people involved in the selection so why does Mr. Hayes believe he has such importance authority and power?

Given that ACPO has recently been accused of less than evenhanded operations along with IPCC and to my knowledge Hampshire Constabulary and the Police Authority have been involved in what I would describe as corrupt practices and procedures I am not persuaded that appointing an officer from what I hold to be a seriously damaged force that has many skeletons that need to be dug up is such a good idea.

As I understand it the Deputy Chief Constable is the head of the professional standards department which in my experience appears to exist to cover up crimes and incompetence of police officers and perverting the course of justice

We are told 'THE police and crime commissioner for Hampshire, Simon Hayes, has selected Andy Marsh as his preferred candidate to be the next chief constable'

I hope this is not the truth and am very concerned that the first thing that the new commissioner plans to do is charge the public 3.4 % more for a police service that has failed to prevent, detect and prosecute crimes preferring to declare reports they receive as not police business but civil disputes and hide crimes by what they call local resolution. It is time the providers of services did the work first before presenting the bill.

Mr Hayes and his personally selected Chief Constable should begin by demonstrating that they have the capability of ensuring that police officer's morale is built up to the level that gives them the confidence to accept reports of crime and deal with them instead of evasion of them declaring they are civil matters to avoid their duties. Tax hikes will not generate good leadership or high morale but complacency and more of the same.

I am still awaiting and indication from Mr Hayes that he is prepared to deal with a perversion of the course of justice I have been trying to bring to his notice since 20 November but custom and practice of Hampshire Constabulary of declaring crimes civil matters to avoid the work seems to be the pattern for the future.

What may I ask justifies raising higher council taxes if nobody is prepared to take on the task? Mr Hayes has already failed to answer a freedom of information act request I have put to by delegating the task to an non elected staff member while he talks about a job he is refusing to do..
I am disquieted by the somewhat self centered tone used here. I understood that there was number of people involved in the selection so why does Mr. Hayes believe he has such importance authority and power? Given that ACPO has recently been accused of less than evenhanded operations along with IPCC and to my knowledge Hampshire Constabulary and the Police Authority have been involved in what I would describe as corrupt practices and procedures I am not persuaded that appointing an officer from what I hold to be a seriously damaged force that has many skeletons that need to be dug up is such a good idea. As I understand it the Deputy Chief Constable is the head of the professional standards department which in my experience appears to exist to cover up crimes and incompetence of police officers and perverting the course of justice We are told 'THE police and crime commissioner for Hampshire, Simon Hayes, has selected Andy Marsh as his preferred candidate to be the next chief constable' I hope this is not the truth and am very concerned that the first thing that the new commissioner plans to do is charge the public 3.4 % more for a police service that has failed to prevent, detect and prosecute crimes preferring to declare reports they receive as not police business but civil disputes and hide crimes by what they call local resolution. It is time the providers of services did the work first before presenting the bill. Mr Hayes and his personally selected Chief Constable should begin by demonstrating that they have the capability of ensuring that police officer's morale is built up to the level that gives them the confidence to accept reports of crime and deal with them instead of evasion of them declaring they are civil matters to avoid their duties. Tax hikes will not generate good leadership or high morale but complacency and more of the same. I am still awaiting and indication from Mr Hayes that he is prepared to deal with a perversion of the course of justice I have been trying to bring to his notice since 20 November but custom and practice of Hampshire Constabulary of declaring crimes civil matters to avoid the work seems to be the pattern for the future. What may I ask justifies raising higher council taxes if nobody is prepared to take on the task? Mr Hayes has already failed to answer a freedom of information act request I have put to by delegating the task to an non elected staff member while he talks about a job he is refusing to do.. Breazy Bantam
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