Hernandez was a Tory local politician for many years in Torbay, before becoming Police and Crime Commissioner. Not long ago she attempted to appoint a pal from those days as her Deputy but was over-ruled:
Now she’s appointing a new senior officer just to cover the area. Is she planning a return to local politics there after her current “job”?
“A chief superintendent is being appointed for Torbay and South Devon, rather than a superintendent, to reflect “an increase in demand for policing” and help deal with “significant problems relating to crime in the bay”, Devon’s police commissioner has confirmed.
Commissioner Alison Hernandez said the new arrangement, due to be in place by September, was part of setting up a new basic command unit (BCU) for the area.
The force currently has BUCs for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Plymouth.
Ms Hernandez told a meeting last week of the plans, saying she “had become increasingly concerned about homelessness and crime in the area, as well as the increasing complexity of crime”.
She added that a “more senior officer for South Devon” would be part of a “renewed focus on issues there”.
Cornwall’s Mebyon Kernow Party has already chosen its candidate for the next election in 2020.
Though maybe the PCC post will be abolished … Owl can only hope!