Let’s see some action over chief constable impasse

Date: Monday 15th April 2013

Sir, I find it totally unacceptable that our crime commissioner had the audacity to engage in hiring a chauffeur at such high cost to us ratepayers (Herald, 6th March).

Why was this necessary in the first place as he is provided with a vehicle himself, or was this to enable him to have a few drinks? Either way, one would have thought a person with his intelligence would have checked the cost before proceeding with the hire.

One doesn’t book anything without first knowing the cost, and there must have been a service of this calibre nearer to his home rather than hiring a Carlisle firm.

As for Stuart Edwards’s comments that it was thought unsafe for Mr. Rhodes to drive, one can only conclude the arrangements for booking of his meetings need better co-ordination.

It would be more in keeping if the commissioner got the suspension of the chief constable sorted out instead of us having to pay two chief constables’ salaries.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission found no case to answer but said some local issues needed attention. This has been going on for far too long and it is high time a conclusion was reached. So, commissioner, let us see some action on this. Yours etc,


Milner Mount,