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Cambridgeshire's police and crime commissioner, Darryl Preston, has announced his intention to propose former Peterborough City Council Leader, John Peach, as his deputy.

The deputy commissioner’s role will be to support the commissioner to engage with relevant community groups, public bodies, elected representatives and organisations to better understand the policing needs of the whole community including those seldom heard from.

John has more than 30 years’ experience as a councillor. He was formally leader of Peterborough City Council and has also served as city mayor dedicating much of his adult life to public service.

John Peach. (52786185)
John Peach. (52786185)

“This is a really important role within my office and that’s why I have spent a lot of time considering who is the best person for it,” said Darryl. “I am really looking forward to working with him and drawing upon his extensive experience and knowledge of the county. My first Police and Crime Plan will be launched in the coming weeks and together we will be working in partnership to ensure we make the words a reality.”

John said: “I am delighted that Darryl has proposed me to become his deputy police and crime commissioner. I look forward to working with him as part of his team.”

In line with statutory procedures, the police and crime commissioner is required to formally notify the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel of the proposed appointment and they then have to arrange a public Confirmation Hearing, which is scheduled for the November 8. Once the panel has considered the appointment, the commissioner can then make his formal decision to appoint the deputy commissioner.

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