Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill has officially appointed a deputy PCC following support from the Police and Crime Panel at today’s hearing in Dorchester.
Mr Colin Pipe will take up his role from today in a voluntary capacity. He will have particular responsibility supporting the commissioner in his work with partners to reduce re-offending, improving victim care and public satisfaction, restorative justice and in the use of volunteers in policing.
At their meeting earlier today, the Police and Crime Panel considered and supported the appointment which will be on a voluntary basis until May 2016 when the next PCC election will take place.
Mr Pipe, who is 52 and from Bournemouth, has a 30 year background in the Civil Service. He became Private Secretary to the Attorney General in September 1989 and was also Parliamentary Clerk to the Lord Chancellor from September 1992 to July 1994. He later represented the UK as delegate to both the European Union and the Hague Conference on Private International Law where he negotiated international treaties concerning children and families. Mr Pipe retired from the Civil Service in 2011. Mr Pipe’s career has also seen him serve as a Magistrate in Ealing, Acton, Camberwell and London Bridge from 1995 to 2010, including ten years as a bench chairman.
Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am delighted that the panel has supported the appointment of Colin Pipe as my deputy. Mr Pipe’s extensive experience of the criminal justice system, understanding of Parliament and his vast knowledge of Dorset will be valuable in ensuring that I do the best job possible during my term of office.”
Colin Pipe said: “I am delighted to be able to serve in this position and be able to support Mr Underhill in ensuring that all of the communities of Dorset have their policing and crime needs met.”