Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire appointed


Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane has announced the appointment of Ms Sareda Dirir as Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire.

David said: "I am delighted to announce that Sareda Dirir will take up the role of Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner from March 2017. Sareda is the first Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner in the county to be appointed following an open and competitive recruitment process.

"I received a strong and varied field of 21 applicants. Four applicants were interviewed in January by myself, assisted by a team of independent advisors. Throughout the process Sareda showed herself to be an outstanding candidate and exceeded the criteria set.

"Sareda has worked across the private and public sector and her many years of teaching experience coupled with her passion for equality and diversity issues will be a great asset, as will her experience of working as an advocate for under-represented groups.

"I have no doubt that Sareda is going to be a fantastic addition to my team and will support me in delivering better outcomes for our local communities in order to make Cheshire a safer place."

David concluded: "I am building a team which delivers for our local communities. I believe that the changes that I am implementing will provide value for money, high quality outcomes for Cheshire residents and will secure significant savings. This alongside other recent changes reaffirms my commitment to delivering policing which is connected to our communities."

Sareda Dirir will report directly to, work in conjunction with and be answerable to the Police and Crime Commissioner. The posiiton was advertised with a salary of £50,000 pro rata on an initial 12 month fixed term contact, with an option to extend.

John Dwyer, the former Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, appointed Margaret Ollerenshaw, the former Chairman of the Police Authority, as his deputy towards the end of 2012. Her remuneration was £22,500, 30% of the salary of the Commissioner, based on an average three days per week.

Cheshire Police & Crime Commissioner, David Keane, Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner, Sareda Dirir


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Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 2:08 pm
Is this the one mentioned in Private Eye? - former teacher and "sports journalist"?
Terry Roeves
Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 7:24 pm
CEC Cllrs' opinion of Ms Dirir, March 2017 as reported by BBC.

A proposed new deputy police and crime commissioner "failed to demonstrate an adequate knowledge and understanding" of the role, councillors said.

An "open and competitive recruitment process" Mr Keane? I don't
understand. What have I missed?
Pete Taylor
Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 11:00 pm
@ Terry, you might have missed that this candidate had been (reportedly) known to Mr Keane for 20 years, as her parents and herself were both good friends of his, as fellow Labour Councillors.
She appears to have refused to submit a CV, refused to answer questions during the interview, demanded that some of the interview be struck from the record and accused one of the panel of racism. The Chair of the interview panel, again reportedly, said that she was unsuitable for the job. I understand that all of the above is in the public domain; and that an interview is also available on the internet.
If the above reports are true, it would seem to be a less than optimum outcome.

I am on record as doubting if Cameron's big idea to copy the US in electing a PCC was entirely wise. It seems to be spinning out of control now and we should dump this stupid idea.

Bottom line: here is £1000 per week for your daughter, mate.
Friday 24th March 2017 at 10:47 am
I believe our Crime Commissioner has also moved his office to Warrington. Nothing to do with being closer to where he lives though.
Manuel Golding
Friday 24th March 2017 at 1:37 pm
Only judging this woman by her interview "technique", displayed before the PCC deputy panel, she is nothing if not a bully, a self proclaimed "victim" (do they teach her ilk that she is always a victim of the rest of us who ask questions as to her suitability etc?), demanded that she be asked questions only she would approve of, no CV and showed a frightening degree of hostility to the panel, all of which ,makes her completely unfitting and unsuitable for the role she was interviewing for.
What sort of police force does she see in her closed, bigoted & totally self-victimised mindset?
The final conclusion can only be that the PCC himself is absolutely unsuited for his position and can be of no credit to the hardworking officers of Cheshire Constabulary.
Gerrymandering the selection process to favour the daughter of long standing friends must not be the message his position signals to the public of Cheshire.
Resignation of both should be the bottom line.
Will they do the honourable thing? Judging by recent events their answers will be
"B%**%R O%F ". Nice work if you can get it.
Alan Brough
Friday 24th March 2017 at 1:51 pm
The concerns about the procedure involved in Ms Dirirs appointment are serious and need to be addressed urgently and transparently if the office of PCC is to have any credibility whatsoever.

I hope that Mr Keane will provide the necessary clarification sooner rather than later.
Terry Roeves
Saturday 25th March 2017 at 4:30 pm
Isn't this just the sort of matter an MP should help resolve?
What were Cllrs thinking of, giving her the job?
Peter Evans
Sunday 26th March 2017 at 9:06 am
It's almost impossible to believe that with the issues described and the "open" recruitment process this could possibly have been allowed to happen. It appears to demonstrate a total breakdown of a mechanism that is designed to prevent things like this and is often seen as mind numbingly bureaucratic, but on occasions (like this one) for good reason. However, if the controls in the system fail (like it would appear in this case) then the whole process is nothing more than a very expensive sham. And we are paying to be deceived. The comments suggest there is evidence that needs a proper review and appropriate action - and it would seem that removal of both Mr Keane and Ms Dirir are the minimum outcomes.
Barry Stafford
Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 3:42 pm
I am sure many of the other 20 candidates would take this job .This selection was disgraceful. Sounds like it was a done deal. It smells and an inquiry is essential.Baz