Controversial police pay reviewer Tom Winsor applies to become chief inspector of British police
The controversial champion of radical police reforms has set the stage for further conflict with rank-and-file officers by throwing his hat into the ring to become the chief inspector of the country’s forces.
Tom Winsor, a lawyer and the former rail regulator, is understood to be one of at least 12 people who have applied for the £200,000-a-year job as Britain’s most powerful independent reviewer of police tactics and performance. Mr Winsor declined to comment today when contacted by The Independent.
Mr Winsor has carried out two reviews into police pay and conditions which recommended changes to generous pension provisions, called for financial penalties for unfit officers and said that chief constables should be given the power of compulsory redundancies.
His two reports – which comes amid 20 percent cuts to police forces – infuriated some police leaders who claimed that they represented an attack on the bedrock of policing. However, some chief constables welcomed elements of his reports and the government has insisted that it will press on with its programme of reform.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, was given a rough ride last week at a meeting of the biggest police union the Police Federation, in part because of the Winsor recommendations.
Chairman Paul McKeever said today: “His total experience of policing is 40 or 50 days when working on recommendations in his review which we think are greatly flawed. We would be very concerned if he becomes inspector.”
The Home Office said that it was looking for an “inspirational leader” when the current chief inspector, Sir Denis O’Connor vacates the job at the end of July. It is the first time that candidates can come from outside of the police hierarchy.
At least two other chief constables are rumoured to be in the running, including Chris Sims the head of the West Midlands force which is trying to push through a highly-controversial £1.5 billion private-sector deal, and Sara Thornton, the highly-respected head of Thames Valley,
Mr Winsor today declined to say whether he had applied for the job. But he criticised members of the Police Federation for its treatment of Mrs May last week and said that this was a “government set on a programme of police reform”.
Malaysia Airlines plane crash exposes alarming flaw in airline security: over one billion flights made last year without stolen-passport check
International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
Swarm of killer bees sting woman 1,000 times
Dead woman's body found sitting in a car after six years after direct debits ran $54,000 bank account dry
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
- 4 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
- 5 Swarm of killer bees sting woman 1,000 times
£120 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Group: Geography TeacherApril 2014Mate...
£17000 - £30000 per annum + Daily rate TBC: Randstad Education Reading: Teache...
£50 - £65 per day: Randstad Education Group: Secondary Teaching Assistant (EAL...
£55000 per annum + superb benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Want to work in a L...