Today, 12 June 2012, Hampshire Police Authority has elected a new chair and vice chair to steer the organisation through a period of significant change.
Councillor Adrian Collett, who joined the authority in 2000, was unanimously elected as chair and will be in office until the authority ceases to exist in November with the transition to a new governance structure.
Councillor Adrian Collett, previously the vice chair , said: “The authority will continue to focus on ensuring strong police performance across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight whilst working towards a safe and secure transition to the new policing governance arrangements, which include the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire.
“Notwithstanding my own opinion of the changes, over the next few months we will work hard to ensure the Police and Crime Commissioner inherits a financially strong and efficient police force, and equally strong policing governance. It is essential for the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight that the Police and Crime Commissioner is successful.
“Just as a school governing body will support and challenge a head-teacher and their staff, while not seeking the limelight, so the police authority will continue to support and challenge the constabulary until the day we hand over governance to the Police and Crime Commissioner.”
Following Councillor Collett’s appointment today, police authority members elected Lena Samuels, who has served on the Authority since 2009, as vice chair of the Authority.
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