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31 October 2016 – 657.2016-17 Deputy PCC recruitment

Please find attached (below) the answer to your freedom of information request, I also want to explain why your question could not be answered sooner.

In order to retain a level of impartiality, the recruitment process for the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner was managed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland. Also, the Police and Crime Panel have a process of confirming the applicant, before the appointment is completed.  Consequently the information you were requesting was not specifically held by ourselves. Our team made an attempt to obtain the information, unfortunately this was not as straight forward as we had originally thought.  In addition, we also had to let the Panel’s confirmation run its course, which as you may know, published it’s written report on 19 October.

We were under the impression, given the recruitment process was discussed at the Panel’s confirmation hearing, that the information you requested would be included in the Police and Crime Panel’s report.  As you saw, unfortunately it wasn’t.

I hope this explains that there was no reluctance to provide you with the information, it was just that the recruitment process had to be completed before we could release the information.

Reference: 657.2016-17

I write in connection with your request for information which was received by the Office of the
Police and Crime Commissioner on 11 October 2016. Please accept our apologies for the delay
in providing you with a response. I note you seek access to the number of applications received and persons interviewed for the role of the North Yorkshire Deputy Police and Crime

Extent and Result of Searches to Locate Information

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted within The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and I can confirm that the information you have requested is held.


I have today decided to disclose the located information to you.

  • 16 applications were received for the role of the North Yorkshire Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner;
  • 4 people were shortlisted and invited for an Interview;
  • 2 of those shortlisted withdrew prior to an interview and 2 applicants were interviewed;
  • 1 person was selected and offered the position of the North Yorkshire Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

Please note that systems used for recording information are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. It should be noted therefore that this force’s response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other responses you may receive.