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Complaint upheld against Police and Crime Commissioner

A complaint against the Thames Valley’s Police and Crime Commissioner has been upheld after a committee hearing.

Thames Valley’s Police and Crime Panel’s (PCP) Complaints Sub-Committee invited the PCC, Anthony Stansfeld to a meeting to explain his actions in relation to an upheld complaint made against him from David Standish and Blair Nimmo of KPMG and their legal advisors DLA Piper UK LLP, in respect of an insolvency matter where Mr Standish and Mr Nimmo are the office holders. 

The complaint related to the personal involvement of the PCC in civil matters outside his remit and jurisdiction as PCC for Thames Valley. 

The PCP Complaints Sub-Committee noted the robust explanation from the PCC as to why he became involved in the matter, particularly the claim he was acting in his national “non- statutory” role as the Association of PCC (APCC) lead for Fraud and Cyber Crime. 

However, the Sub-Committee reaffirmed its decision to uphold the complaint against the PCC as it was found that he did not have the authority of the APCC to become involved in this matter.  

The PCP will be informing the Independent Office for Police Conduct of the PCC’s actions and will also write to the APCC (copying in the relevant Home Office Minister) informing them of his actions.