Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner defends salary

Published: 11 Dec 2013 12:004 comments

THE Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has defended his salary on his one-year anniversary in the job.

PACT Trustee Diana Hasting, Natausha Van Vliet, PACT's Head of Communities, Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Stanfeld and Jan Fishwick,CEO of PACT

Speaking to the Midweek, Anthony Stansfeld stressed many senior council officers and NHS managers get more cash than his £85,000 sum.

He said: “I get far less than many. In comparison, my salary is not a great deal for the responsibilities I carry. Of course, I am not complaining at all - I do not set the salary, but I do cover a patch three to four times larger than many other areas.”

Mr Stansfeld, a conservative West Berkshire councillor, was elected into the role in November last year, following an election which saw fewer than 15% of voters turn out in the 41 English and Welsh police areas electing a PCC.

Mr Stansfeld said: “It was the wrong time of year to hold an election and unlike the MPs, who get free postage costs to cover their election paraphernalia, I was covering 21 constituencies. It was not an easy exercise getting the public involved with the role, but next time, elections will be in May, and I’m sure we will see a much better turnout.”

Cllr Stansfeld, a former Army major who served as a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War in 1982, outlined his priorities going forward, which include tackling female genital mutilation, and increasing child protection.

He said: “My initial plan before I was elected was for five years, so this remains unchanged, but I am determined to push forward in these areas in particular. Female genital mutilation is an area of huge concern.”

Speaking about his first year in the role, Cllr Stansfeld added: “It has been extremely busy, but incredibly interesting and I feel things have been achieved quickly, so I am pleased.

"Household burglary was a major issue and we have seen a 40% reduction in that this year, which I am very proud of. I think the role of the PCC has made things more efficient generally. It has speeded up the decision-making so things are completed much faster, and we are able to help people more directly.”

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