Ex-diplo­mat joins po­lice watch­dog

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.”

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