Should Cornwall's police commissioner have spent £7,617 on lip balms, magnets, sweets and pens?

Should Cornwall's police commissioner have spent ££7,617 on lip balms, magnets, sweets and pens?

Should Cornwall's police commissioner have spent ££7,617 on lip balms, magnets, sweets and pens?

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Questions have been asked about Devon and Cornwall's police commissioner's expenditure of over £7,000 on lip balms, magnets, sweets and other items.

Tony Hogg spent £7,617 in 16 months on promotional products, according to the response to a freedom of information request by the BBC.

Mr Hogg's office said the "carefully-costed" spending on the items were to "encourage participation" from members of the public.

There have long been concerns over what mandate police and crime commisioners have after elections saw very low turnouts, between 10–20 per cent, sparking a debate about their legitimacy.

Nigel Rabbitts, of the Police Federation in Devon and Cornwall, which represents officers up to the rank of chief inspector, told the BBC: "How Tony Hogg spends money is an ongoing concern. Any increase in bureaucratic spending means less money for police officers in the community."

Mr Hogg's office said: "We have a responsibility to consult on a wide variety of issues with local people, and we believe that it is therefore appropriate to encourage participation by providing a range of literature about the work we do, and offer some small items that advertise our contact details.

"We are no different to many other public-facing, and funded, organisations in this regard."

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7:54am Thu 10 Jul 14

charlieone says...

We don't need this man or his Office we can't afford it.
We don't need the rest of his Team either.
Destroying our Police Force is stupid and very mindless, but as this is what the Government wants to do then, lets have all the special forces removed from Protecting these mindless government drips and put them back out onto the street to protect the people who pay their wages. I would love to run this Office and turn it back into the Force it wants was.
Let us get rid of the Likes of Tony Hogg and the crew who sit beside of him.
Then lets sort out the secret Handshakers who play around with lives they have to go as well.
We don't need this man or his Office we can't afford it. We don't need the rest of his Team either. Destroying our Police Force is stupid and very mindless, but as this is what the Government wants to do then, lets have all the special forces removed from Protecting these mindless government drips and put them back out onto the street to protect the people who pay their wages. I would love to run this Office and turn it back into the Force it wants was. Let us get rid of the Likes of Tony Hogg and the crew who sit beside of him. Then lets sort out the secret Handshakers who play around with lives they have to go as well. charlieone
  • Score: 7

8:01am Thu 10 Jul 14

Gill Z Martin says...

"We are no different from many other public facing and funded organisations in this regard"

So that makes it right then to emulate other organisations that might also waste money?

I suggest the police service is vastly different from other organisations, we pay for it in our council tax, and unlike council provided services included in our council tax, it is now financing a police commissioner in addition to all the other managerial staffing levels.
If the police service cannot liaise and engage with the public, and encourage public participation, without giving away freebies, then I do not think those responsible are very adept at communication and interaction.
"We are no different from many other public facing and funded organisations in this regard" So that makes it right then to emulate other organisations that might also waste money? I suggest the police service is vastly different from other organisations, we pay for it in our council tax, and unlike council provided services included in our council tax, it is now financing a police commissioner in addition to all the other managerial staffing levels. If the police service cannot liaise and engage with the public, and encourage public participation, without giving away freebies, then I do not think those responsible are very adept at communication and interaction. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 13

8:47am Thu 10 Jul 14

Levener says...

To think that I voted for this plank.
To think that I voted for this plank. Levener
  • Score: 4

9:11am Thu 10 Jul 14

Teejay says...

Why are we surprised. This man comes across as a self-opinionated, out of control, tin-pot empire builder who already wastes a fortune of our money in expenses by living so far from his workplace.
Listen when he is interviewed; I have done this, I have ordered that, but when criticised it's; my team are doing so and so. He takes credit for any good stuff and defers any negatives to other reasons or organisations.
He got the job because so many were too apathetic to vote. Now we understand his MO it's doubtful he'll get a second term.
Why are we surprised. This man comes across as a self-opinionated, out of control, tin-pot empire builder who already wastes a fortune of our money in expenses by living so far from his workplace. Listen when he is interviewed; I have done this, I have ordered that, but when criticised it's; my team are doing so and so. He takes credit for any good stuff and defers any negatives to other reasons or organisations. He got the job because so many were too apathetic to vote. Now we understand his MO it's doubtful he'll get a second term. Teejay
  • Score: 12

2:51pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Alanhj says...

Hoggs department is now costing more than the old Police Authority. I'm sure the original objective was to make it cheaper!
£7k on stupid novelties. He of course appears to report to no one. Had the Chief Constable acted so stupidly he would have been reprimanded at least by the HMI not so Mr Hogg.
Teejay says and I quote "He got the job because so many were too apathetic to vote. Now we understand his MO it's doubtful he'll get a second term. " I hope you are right Teejay, I really do.
Hoggs department is now costing more than the old Police Authority. I'm sure the original objective was to make it cheaper! £7k on stupid novelties. He of course appears to report to no one. Had the Chief Constable acted so stupidly he would have been reprimanded at least by the HMI not so Mr Hogg. Teejay says and I quote "He got the job because so many were too apathetic to vote. Now we understand his MO it's doubtful he'll get a second term. " I hope you are right Teejay, I really do. Alanhj
  • Score: 9

2:13pm Sun 13 Jul 14

can'tchooseone says...

He has no right to waste taxpayer's money like this. I didn't get any freebies nor did I want any!!!! He said this stupid spending was only a 'small proportion' of his total budget. SO HIS TOTAL BUDGET SHOULD BE REDUCED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I would like to know what he has actually ACHIEVED since being in post!
He has no right to waste taxpayer's money like this. I didn't get any freebies nor did I want any!!!! He said this stupid spending was only a 'small proportion' of his total budget. SO HIS TOTAL BUDGET SHOULD BE REDUCED!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! I would like to know what he has actually ACHIEVED since being in post! can'tchooseone
  • Score: 6

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