Who is Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry?
Ms Henry was caught speeding in a blue Mercedes and a silver Lexus with a personalized license plate through 30mph zones at four locations across the county, including one near a school.
Christine Goldshaw, independent chair of Nottinghamshire’s Policing and Crime Committee, said the news about the commissioner was “bombshell” and “deeply disappointing”.
Other councilors and officials have now called on her to step down amid the court case.
Caroline Henry is 52 and currently lives in Giltbrook, just minutes from where she grew up and went to school.
She is the wife of Broxtowe MP Darren Henry and has two children.
What does a police and crime commissioner do?
The role of the Commissioner of Police and Crime (PCC) is to be the voice of the people and to hold the police to account.
They are responsible for all maintenance of order. PCCs aim to reduce crime and provide effective and efficient policing within their policing area.
They are elected by the public to hold police chiefs and the force to account, making the police accountable to the communities they serve.
PCCs ensure that community needs are met as efficiently as possible and improve local relationships by building and restoring trust.
They work in partnership with a range of agencies locally and nationally to ensure a unified approach to crime prevention and reduction.
It reads: “Having spent her life living, working and breathing Nottinghamshire, Caroline is determined to get tough on crime and ensure victims are always heard.
“Caroline is not a career politician, she is a career businesswoman.
“Having commissioned a wide range of services in many roles for the private and public sectors and for charities, over a career spanning over 30 years, Caroline takes a hands-on approach to the role of commissioner.
“She brings new energy and ideas to get things done.
“She brings tremendous business experience to this position to oversee a large budget, always ensuring that the taxpayer gets value for money and that maximum investment is made in frontline policing.
“Putting more police on the streets and investing in police presence in Nottinghamshire towns and cities are two of Caroline’s top priorities during her tenure.”
Ms Henry’s case has now been adjourned until July 19, where she is expected to argue that two of the five breaches were due to ’emergencies’, one being when she was ‘very worried about one of their children”.
In a statement released after the hearing, Ms Henry – who did not respond to questions about her resignation – said: “I cannot comment on the pending matter. I will explain the background to this matter in due course. .”
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