Chelmsford Prison man takes on deputy PCC role

Lindsay Whitehouse Lindsay Whitehouse is deputy governor of HMP Chelmsford

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A deputy prison governor has been confirmed as the new deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Essex.

Lindsay Whitehouse, proposed by PCC Nick Alston, was confirmed in the £55,000 per year post by the Essex police and crime panel.

Mr Whitehouse is deputy governor of HMP Chelmsford and chair of an Essex Criminal Justice Board action team.

Mr Alston even with the new appointment, the budget is still 20% below that of the old police authority.

'Highest integrity'

"Over the past few months I have become increasingly sure that I need a deputy to help me carry out effective scrutiny of Essex Police and to drive community crime reduction work across Essex," Mr Alston said.

"In keeping with my desire to be open and transparent and uphold the highest integrity that this office requires, I openly advertised the position and I attached no party political requirements."

Mr Whitehouse said: "I am pleased and honoured to have been selected by Mr Alston after a rigorous and tough competition for the post.

"I am encouraged by the potential that this new role has in bringing real scrutiny to the performance and finances of our police service and crime prevention schemes."

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