Norfolk Police and Crime
Panel is to hold an extraordinary meeting on Thursday to consider the aftermath of Stephen Bett’s expenses.
In November 2013 it was reported that Mr Bett, the police and crime commissioner for Norfolk, had claimed mileage expenses for 70 trips from his home in Thornham to the police HQ in Wymondham – a total of £3,024.
Following the publicity, and Mr Bett’s subsequent statement that he would pay back the money, a complaint was received alleging that Mr Bett had attempted to defraud the public purse.
This was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which declared in December that there was no evidence Mr Bett had committed a criminal offence.
The process for handling the complaint is now complete and the panel has no further role in commenting on or examining whether a criminal offence may have been committed by Mr Bett.
However, the IPCC report highlighted that local arrangements for claiming travel expenses were not robust at the time, and therefore the chairman and vice-chairman agreed the panel should satisfy itself those matters have now been addressed.
The panel – an appointed body of councillors intended to oversee and scrutinise the work of the PCC – will receive a report from the commissioner’s chief executive and ask questions.
Members of the Police and Crime Panel will also question the Commissioner.
The extraordinary meeting of the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel is being held at 10am on Thursday in the Edwards Room at County Hall, Norwich. Members of the public are welcome.