Ex-diplomat joins police watchdog
AN Ashford man has joined the independent body that holds Kent Police to account.
Stephen Hiscock, from Primrose Drive, Park Farm, Kingsnorth, has become a member of the Kent Police Authority and promises to take a specific interest in policing in the South Kent district.
The role involves attending committee meetings and monitoring policing performance as well as having a say in priorities. Mr Hiscock is a retired diplomat having served in the civil service for 43 years in the UK, Malaysia, Zambia, Pakistan, Korea, Guyana, Australia, Thailand and Afghanistan.
Originally from Plymouth, he joined the Inland Revenue in 1963 before being promoted to the Foreign Office in 1965 and retired in 2006 as the British High Commissioner to Guyana.
Mr Hiscock, who enjoys voluntary work through Rotary, said: “I am very pleased to have been selected.
“I have had great support from a number of UK police forces during my work abroad and it seems a natural progression for me to want to work with the authority to deliver a safer society.”
Ann Barnes, who chairs KPA, said: “This role will allow Stephen the chance to challenge and question Kent Police senior officials and staff on behalf of police and council taxpayers, in particular focusing on audit and finance issues and professional standards.”