Police and Crime Commissioner's £50,000 a year deputy to leave


The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire has announced that he will not be renewing the role of his deputy at the end of her 12 month contract.

Following a restructure of his support team, David Keane has decided that Sareda Dirir will leave the office at the end of the month.

David Keane said "Sareda is an experienced and dedicated public servant and she has been an asset to the team over the last year, helping to support our shared goals.

"She has assisted real and positive changes for this office, including helping secure 'white ribbon' and 'living wage' employer status.

"Critically, she has also helped drive forward the equality and diversity agenda, and has worked to put Cheshire at the centre of British Policing through hosting the 2017 National Black Police Association Conference.

"I would like to thank Sareda for her dedication in serving the people of Cheshire over the last year, and wish her every success for the future."

Deputy police and crime commissioner, Sareda Dirir, said: "I am extremely proud of what we've achieved as an office over the last 12 months.

"Together as a team - working with our partners and Cheshire Constabulary - we have developed a number of innovative and collaborative initiatives that are helping make our communities across Cheshire safer."

Mr Keane was heavily criticised following her appointment on a salary of £50,000 in March 2017. The issue of independence was raised by the Cheshire Police and Crime Panel during an interview as her parents and the Commissioner are fellow Labour councillors for the same ward on Warrington Borough Council and she has known him for about 20 years, which the Commissioner apparently did not tell the panel.

Additionally, the Cheshire Police and Crime Panel, were not provided with her CV for the interview during which her behaviour was described as 'aggressive' and 'defensive'.

The Commissioner set out his vision for his third year in office on Monday, 12th March, saying he will put neighbourhood policing at the forefront of his priorities and will ask the public how PCSOs should spend their working week to ensure they are providing the correct support to protect local communities.

This is part of the commissioner's budget setting for 2018/19, where he committed to redeploying PCSOs so there is one placed in every community across Cheshire.

David said: "PCSOs are an important part of local policing teams across Cheshire and should have more visibility in our communities.

"They should be the 'eyes and ears' of local communities, gathering intelligence to deal with complex police issues, whilst providing support to vulnerable residents, and focusing on making our roads safer."

The restructuring of his team will include the recruitment of a new chief finance officer when the current post-holder retires at the end of March and will reduce the overall cost of the office.

David Keane said "Reducing the cost of my office to just 0.4% of the whole Cheshire policing budget will allow me re-invest savings into neighbourhood policing and ensure the right resources are in place to protect the people of Cheshire."

He added "We are a small and efficient team, and we've set out to achieve some incredibly bold ambitions for my third year in office.

"Together, we will drive forward the main priorities of my police and crime plan and that means continuing to build closer relationships with our partners and the wider communities of Cheshire, and ensuring we're holding the constabulary to account on the key issues that matter."

Cheshire Police & Crime Commissioner, David Keane, Sareda Dirir


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

David Hadfield
Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 5:07 pm
Exactly how much did it cost Cheshire East Council to host the 2017 National Black Police Officers Association Conference ?

Will they be doing the same for the National White Police Officers Association ?
David Hadfield
Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 6:01 pm
I am outraged .... I have just received my Council Tax Bill for 2018 / 19
Upon reading it, everything has gone up 3% ....
Everything, apart from the Police & Crime Commissioner's annual charge, that is ;


Why ? ..... why has this Civil Servant increased his charges by 7.3% ?

Guess who has to pay for his office and all the extra charges for running this office ?

An outrage indeed ...... the sooner we get rid of this clown, the better !
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 8:49 pm
David if you look carefully it has actually gone up by the full 6% as the sneaky council have now separated the social care budget which is also 3%.And yes you are right the Police hike is in itself outrageous and no doubt being used to pay off entitled, "aggressive" folk like the woman above. All sticking their snouts in the trough. Sick to death of the whole corrupt useless lot of them. I can lend you a spare pitchfork if you like ;)
Ian Cook
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 12:39 am
How does this statement below stand up, when people with more knowledge than me above are saying its a 6 or 7% increase! In the words of a judge, please explain yourself Mr Keane?

David Keane said "Reducing the cost of my office to just 0.4% of the whole Cheshire policing budget will allow me re-invest savings into neighbourhood policing and ensure the right resources are in place to protect the people of Cheshire."
Roy West
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 11:59 am
Maybe if we saw an increased Police presence in the village residents would not get so incensed when we read these increases in Council Tax.

By the way, does anyone actually know the total cost of suspended council officials on full pay in the current financial year?
David Hadfield
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 6:11 pm
In reply to Roy West's question as to the total cost of suspended Cheshire East Council officials on full pay in this current financial year, I believe it's estimated to be in the region of £720,000 ....... yes, £720,000 !!!
It's a total disgrace that our money (our Council Taxes) is used in this way.
Heads should roll ......