December 9 2013 Latest news:
By Ewan Foskett
Sunday, December 9, 2012
THE deputy Herts police chief has moseyed into town – and has wrangled salary of £20,000 a year for two days’ work a week.
Dr Rachel Frosh got her spurs last week following an announcement by new police and crime commissioner David Lloyd – who takes home a few dollars more with a salary of £75,000.
But the payscale was this week branded “outrageous”.
Both are also entitled to expenses.
Commissioner Lloyd and deputy Frosh stood against each other in the Conservative primaries.
Following the announcement, an attack was launched by the leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council’s Labour opposition. Cllr Kieran Thorpe said: “It’s outrageous, it is jobs for the boys, or girls in this case.
“That job wasn’t advertised presumably and it is another Tory. She failed in her bid to be selected as the candidate for the PCC elections and David Lloyd has given her the job.
“This is what people feared about politicising the police and this is exactly what happened.”
Jonny Bugg, assistant chief executive at the commissioner’s office, denied Dr Frosh was “on the gravy train” and said she was on less than other deputies who take home two thirds of the commissioner’s salary.
The healthcare professional is billed as using her medical background to help “the identification, treatment and rehabilitation for addicts could have a significant effect on reducing local crime levels”.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to this exciting new role. Crime rates are already low in Hertfordshire, and criminals have a much higher chance of being caught than in most other areas.
“I am clear, however, that there is much more that David and I can do to prevent crime before it happens.”
The commissioner said: “To really cut crime, we need to tackle issues further up the chain. Rachel has a great deal of experience in the health arena and understands how we need to be bringing together work on public health and crime. She will be an asset to my team. I will need the full range of partner organisations to play their part in the fight against crime. Adding Rachel’s health contacts to my strong local government links will create a formidable team.”