Cllr Tony Hooke, Deputy Leader of UKIP at Hampshire County Council, is to host a public meeting to discuss “Confidence in the Leadership of Hampshire Constabulary” next week.
The “Open Compass” Meeting is supported by a cross-section of the local community and will be held on Tuesday 6th May 2014, in the Mitchell Conference Room at Hampshire County Council, between 7pm and 8.30pm
Cllr Hooke called the meeting after the Police & Crime Commissioner today notified interested parties that he was postponing his Compass Meeting with the Chief Constable Andy Marsh until the conclusion of Operation Flamborough and Oregon. The meeting was entitled ‘Confidence in the Police.’
Operation Oregon is investigating whether the Chief Constable of Hampshire, Andy Marsh, was involved in a cover-up during the Stanbridge Earls School rape case investigations.
Given the complexity of Operation Oregon, it is unlikely that it will conclude its investigations soon.
Cllr Hooke said, “The Compass Meetings are meant to take place every 2 months so that through the PCC we can publicly hold the Chief Constable to account. If the PCC is unable to carry out his duty because the Chief Constable is under investigation, the public can have no confidence in the affective running of the Constabulary or its Leadership.”
“ I called and spoke with the PCC today who failed to reassure me and give me any confidence in his and Chief Constables Andy Marsh’s ability to run the Hampshire Police Force.”
“We are going to hold our own meeting next week where members of the public can raise their concerns about Hampshire Police and ask, in public, the questions they have not be able to ask at Compass Meetings.”
“I have called for the PCC to suspend the Chief Constable within the next 48 hours pending the outcome of Operation Oregon. If he fails to do so I shall ask the Home Secretary to intervene. The investigation is clearly affecting the running of the Constabulary if the PCC is unable to hold his public scrutiny meetings.”
“At this moment in time, I can state quite categorically that myself and numerous members of the public that have contacted me about this issue have lost faith in the Leadership of Hampshire Police.”
The “Open Compass” Meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th May 2014, in the Mitchell Conference Room at Hampshire County Council, between 7.00pm and 9.00pm.
To register your attendance, and details of your questions to Hampshire Police, please email: