THOUSANDS of pounds were spent creating an office for Sir Graham Bright in Huntingdon - even though the new Police and Crime Commissioner will be based in Cambourne.

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Adaptations costing £5,500 were made to the space at Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Hinchingbrooke headquarters ready for the 70-year-old to move in when he started the post on Thursday (November 22).

But Sir Graham told staff at the former Police Authority that he was sticking to his campaign pledge of moving to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s office in Cambourne to remain neutral and independent from the force.

“I am the face of the public, not the police,” the former Luton MP said.

“I wanted to illustrate that by making myself neutral and make it easy for the public to come and see me.”

Rather than being in the same building as the officers he holds to account, Sir Graham said it was important he was not too close to the force on the ground to avoid the impression that he had “gone native”.

“I’ve got to be always looking towards the public, not towards the police,” he said.

Dorothy Gregson, chief executive Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, has already moved into Sir Graham’s new Cambourne office, with the 10 other staff set to follow.

Sir Graham said many people had encouraged him to locate his office in Cambridge or Peterborough but said: “The two are always vying with each other and I wanted to try and find neutral territory which was convenient.”

He added that there was “lots of space” in Cambourne and that it was it was “easy to get to and easy to park”.

A spokesman for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner said: “The new room we have created will be used as a meeting room for the PCC’s team when they are here at police headquarters.”

2 comments

  • Appalling waste of money. The new deputy commisioner's deputy is to get £28000 a year for two or three days work a week. Sir Bright is to get a £70,000 salary. If your the face of the public then start by not wasting public money. Neutral ground! No, you need to be on the ground where the issues are listening to both sides. Not stuck somewhere out of the way where no one can find you. I think this will turn into another cat taking what little cream is left and running off into the sunset.

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    Dismas

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • What a waste of tax payers money for this silly Tory idea. I mean just look at the fusty old cruster. He should have his feet up, and retire. How old is he 93?. He now acts like some kind of president spending cash on a silly part time deputy (who wanted this), and then wastes money on his office. What does he really know, and as the comment maker above says, why hide your office away from it all. Best place for this fusty old waffling tory is a retirement home, but not at our expense please!

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    daveb123

    Friday, November 30, 2012

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