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Friday, 23 May 2014

UPDATE: COMPLAINT AGAINST ADAM SIMMONDS PCC NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

UPDATE:  I received the following email from James Edmunds on the 2nd of June.

I have also sent an urgent Freedom of Information request to Google International in order to get to the truth about this matter.   

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE POLICE & CRIME PANEL

Northamptonshire County Council
Democratic Services
County Hall
Northampton NN1 1DN

Dear Mrs Gisborn,

Complaint against the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire

I am writing to update you on the latest position concerning the complaint against the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire that you submitted to the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Panel.

The Police & Crime Panel’s Complaints Sub Committee met on 23rd May 2014 to consider the complaint in accordance with the Panel’s informal resolution process. At this meeting the Sub Committee resolved that it needed to request further information relating to the complaint from the Police & Crime Commissioner in order to complete informal resolution.

The Sub Committee is now due to meet again on 20th June when it will consider this further information and complete informal resolution of your complaint. As previously advised, you will be notified of the outcomes of this process once any actions recommended by the Sub Committee have been completed.

Please do contact us if you have any further questions at this point.

Yours sincerely,

James Edmunds

Democratic Services Assistant Manager
Secretariat to the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Panel

Date: 2nd June 2014

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE POLICE & CRIME PANEL
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Northamptonshire County Council
Democratic Services
County Hall
Northampton NN1 1DN

Dear Mrs Gisborn,

Complaint against the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner

I wrote to you on 16th April 2014 to advise that the Monitoring Officer of Northamptonshire County Council had formally recorded your complaint against the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner. The complaint was subsequently referred to the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Panel’s Secretariat in order to convene a meeting of the Panel’s Complaints Sub Committee to consider the complaint. I can now advise that this meeting of the Complaints Sub Committee is due to take place on Friday 23rd May 2014. At this meeting the Sub Committee will consider the following matters: Whether the complaint has already been resolved

The Sub Committee is firstly required to check if the complaint has already been satisfactorily dealt with by the time of its meeting. If it appears to the Sub Committee that this is the case then it may decide to treat the complaint as having been resolved. In the event that the Sub Committee decides to treat the complaint as having been resolved you will be notified of its reasons for reaching this conclusion.

This is a standard question that the Sub Committee is required to consider when dealing with any complaint in order to prevent a situation in which it continues to pursue a matter that has effectively already been settled. I do not believe that the circumstances of your complaint are such that the Sub Committee will decide to treat it as having been resolved.

If there are any comments on this question that you wish to make then please could you provide these in writing to the address given in this letter by 5.00pm on 14th May 2014. These comments will then be taken into account by the Sub Committee.

Whether the complaint should be subject to Informal Resolution

The Sub Committee is then required to determine whether the complaint should be subject to Informal Resolution or should be excluded on grounds identified in the applicable legislation. Informal Resolution is intended to be a process for resolving a complaint by mediating between the parties involved. The grounds for excluding a complaint from

Informal Resolution are as follows:

a) The complaint is concerned entirely with the conduct of the Police & Crime Commissioner towards a member of their staff at the time when the conduct is supposed to have taken place.

b) More than 12 months have elapsed between the incident giving rise to the complaint and the making of the complaint, and either no good reason for the delay has been shown or injustice would be likely to be caused by the delay.

c) The matter is already the subject of a complaint.

d) The complaint discloses neither the name and address of the complainant nor that of any other interested person and it is not reasonably practicable to ascertain such a name or address.

e) The complaint is repetitious, or is vexatious, oppressive or otherwise an abuse of the procedures for dealing with complaints. If the Sub Committee decides that a complaint should be excluded from Informal Resolution it must then determine how to deal with the matter, which may include determining to take no action in relation to it. In the event that the Sub Committee resolves that your complaint should not be subject to Informal Resolution you will be notified of this.

Informal Resolution of the complaint

If the Sub Committee does determine that your complaint should be subject to Informal Resolution it will then use the meeting on 23rd May to consider what action it may take to assist in clarifying or resolving the issues raised in the complaint. The Sub Committee will base its deliberations on the information that you provided in your original complaint and comments provided in response to it by the Police & Crime Commissioner. You also have an opportunity now to make further comments in support of your complaint. If you wish to do so please could you provide these in writing to the address given at the top of this letter by 5.00pm on 14th May 2014.

The types of actions that the Sub Committee may take as a result of Informal Resolution of your complaint include:

 Agreeing that further information or an explanation of a situation be provided to you by the Secretariat on behalf of the Sub Committee;

 Recommending that further information or an explanation of a situation be provided to you by an officer from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner;

 Recommending a change to a policy or practice operated by the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner;

 Requesting that the person complained against offers an apology to you. The types of actions that the Sub Committee may take, and the operation of the Informal Resolution process, are both governed by legislation. The Sub Committee may not conduct an investigation of a complaint and is prohibited from gathering information about a complaint other than inviting the comments of the complainant and the person complained against. The Sub Committee does not have the power to overturn a decision by the person complained against, to censure them, to require them to make an apology or to issue an apology on their behalf.

As part of the Informal Resolution process the Sub Committee will identify a timescale for the completion of any actions that it recommends. This will be influenced by the nature of the actions identified, although I would expect it to be a comparatively short period. Once the actions have been completed you will be notified of this. The matter will then be closed.

In summary therefore:

 The Police & Crime Panel’s Complaints Sub Committee is due to meet on 23rd May 2014 to consider your complaint in accordance with the Informal Resolution Protocol.

 You have an opportunity now to make further comments in support of your complaint, and/or about whether you consider that your complaint has already been resolved, if you wish to do so. Any comments should be made in writing by 14th May 2014.

 If the Sub Committee decides on 23rd May that the complaint appears to have already been resolved or decides that it should not be subject to Informal Resolution you will be notified of this after that meeting.

 If the Sub Committee carries out Informal Resolution of your complaint on 23rd May you will be notified of the outcomes of this process once any actions recommended by the Sub Committee have been completed.

Yours sincerely,


James Edmunds

Democratic Services Assistant Manager
Secretariat to the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Panel

UPDATE: http://standfirminthelord.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/the-trouble-with-adam-simmonds-pcc-northamptonshire/

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