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Essex Police: Public Appointments

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who in his Department was (a) consulted about and (b) informed of the appointment of the chief constable of Essex police; and if he will make a statement. (291043)

[holding answer 14 September 2009]: Under Section 11 of the Police Act 1996 Ministers approve candidates for chief constable posts. This takes place before short-listing by the police authority and on the advice of the Police Senior Appointments Panel.

Sir Ronnie Flanagan is interim independent chair of the panel and it includes a representative from the Home Office, as well as representation from the Association of Police Authorities, the Association of Chief Police Officers, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary and an independent member.

Following ministerial approval, it is the responsibility of the police authority to interview candidates and make the final appointment. The police authority will then notify the Senior Appointments Panel's secretariat of its decision. The secretariat will then inform members of the panel, including the Home Office representative.