Ex-counter terror adviser set for £100k crime chief role in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire

A former adviser on counter terrorism strategy is set to permanently take on a major policing role across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 11:47 am

Jim Haylett has been recommended to become chief executive of the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner, a role he has held on an interim basis since last May.

If the appointment is confirmed then Mr Haylett will receive an annual salary of £105,000 and will work with acting commissioner Ray Bisby ahead of elections in May for the top policing job in the county.

Former officer Mr Haylett’s previous experience includes being a police adviser in the Government, leading the implementation across the Yorkshire and Humber region of the national counter terrorism strategy, while advising the Home Office on police performance.

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He was also responsible for implementing the Human Rights Act within South Yorkshire Police, while his time at the force included the role of head of strategic planning and overseeing investigations of complaints and misconduct cases.

Moreover, Mr Haylett was the original programme manager for a collaboration of seven forces across the Eastern Region which included Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

There were six candidates for the role of chief executive after Dorothy Gregson joined Public Health England in a full-time capacity last November, having initially been seconded to the role six months earlier.

The candidate list was whittled down to three before the formal interview stage, with a newly published report stating: “Jim has extensive strategic, operations management and governance experience within the political environments of community safety and criminal justice arenas.

“A dynamic and collaborative leader with exceptional credibility, he has a reputation for delivering unique, forward-thinking outcomes, objective judgement and sophisticated decision making in complex and ambiguous settings.

“Jim has operated on behalf of three police and crime commissioners, representing them at national, regional and local governance and board meetings, and supported them to deliver statutory duties and Police and Crime Plan outcomes.”

Mr Haylett graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics and, prior to starting out as an officer with South Yorkshire Police, worked in banking.

The role of chief executive is to advise the elected commissioner and lead the team to support them.

The job had been advertised at £95,000 but that has since increased, although the salary is less than the £111,969 previously received by Ms Gregson.

The Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel will question Mr Haylett on Wednesday where it will decide whether to recommend his appointment, however, the final decision will be made by Mr Bisby.