Scrutiny panel to oversee work of new Humberside crime commissioner
FORMER city council leader Colin Inglis will lead a new panel overseeing the work of the region's first directly- elected police and crime commissioner.
Councillor Inglis has been elected chairman of a cross-estuary scrutiny panel of councillors designed to hold the new commissioner to account.
Although its powers will be limited, the panel will be able to veto the commissioner's annual budget plans and any appointment of a new chief constable.
The panel will also be able to suspend the commissioner under certain circumstances.
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A former police authority chairman, Councillor Inglis said: "Because of its political make-up, I hope the panel will work in a consensual way.
"It should be largely non-political unless whoever gets elected as commissioner decides to take an overtly political approach to the job.
"In that situation, things might be different."
Currently acting as a shadow panel, it will become fully operation after November's election.
None of the councillors sitting on the panel will receive any extra allowance.
Mr Inglis initially threw his hat into the ring to stand as a Labour candidate for the new role.
However, he was controversially excluded from a selection shortlist drawn up by regional party officials despite protests from the Labour group on Hull City Council.
The Labour nomination eventually went to former Hull East MP Lord Prescott.
Mr Inglis said: "The legislation does provide certain powers of veto and they are quite important.
"For example, the panel can veto the commissioner's precept proposals and it also holds the veto over the appointment of a new chief constable.
"The latter is significant because we know the current chief constable is retiring next year."
He said he believed the panel's main task would be to provide the necessary democratic checks and balances to new role of the commissioner.
"It's important to stress the panel is not there to scrutinise the work of the police," said Councillor Inglis.
"I hope it will have a low-profile role but that really depends on who gets elected and whether they behave themselves."