Norfolk PCC Expense Procedure Examined

12 March 2015, 06:44

The Norfolk Police and Crime Panel are to hold an extraordinary meeting to consider the arrangements for reimbursing expenses incurred by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk in carrying out his duties.

The Norfolk Police and Crime Panel are to hold an extraordinary meeting to consider the arrangements for reimbursing expenses incurred by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk in carrying out his duties.

In November 2013, it was reported that Stephen Bett, Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk had claimed mileage expenses for 70 trips from his home in Thornham to Norfolk Constabulary’s headquarters at Wymondham between November 2012 and August 2013, totalling £3024.00.

Following the publicity, and the Commissioner’s subsequent statement that he would pay back the money, a complaint was received alleging that Mr Bett had attempted to defraud the public purse.

The complaint was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which resulted in a managed investigation being conducted.

In December last year the investigation, carried out by City of London Police, ended.  The IPCC Commissioner overseeing the investigation reviewed the findings and decided that a referral to the Crown Prosecution Service should not be made as there was no evidence Mr Bett had committed a criminal offence.

However, the report highlighted local arrangements for claiming travel expenses were not robust at the time, and therefore the Chairman and Vice Chairman agreed the Panel should satisfy itself those matters have now been addressed.

The Panel will receive a report from the Commissioner’s Chief Executive and ask questions.  Members of the Police and Crime Panel will also question the Commissioner.

The extraordinary meeting of the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel is being held at 10am on Thursday 12 March in the Edwards Room at County Hall, Norwich.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.