The long-running saga of expenses submitted by Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett seems to have come to an end.
The Norfolk police and crime panel says it is now satisfied with the arrangements now in place within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN) for reimbursing the expenses incurred by the commissioner in carrying out his duties.
An extraordinary meeting was held on Thursday at County Hall, to allow members to scrutinise OPCCN’s Travel and Subsistence Expenditure Scheme following the publication of the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) investigation into his expenses.
This had been triggered following a complaint alleging that Mr Bett had attempted to defraud the public purse by claiming for journeys from his home in Thornham to police HQ in Wymondham.
The IPCC Commissioner overseeing the investigation reviewed the findings and decided that a referral to the Crown Prosecution Service should not be made as there was no evidence Mr Bett had committed a criminal offence.
Chairman of the panel Alec Byrne said: “I’m pleased that after more than 14 months, this has now ended. The length of time it has taken for the IPCC to respond with the results of their investigation has been far too long and unacceptable.”