Senior members of Northamptonshire police commissioner’s staff to leave their roles

Peter Heaton pictured last year
Peter Heaton pictured last year

Two senior members of Northamptonshire police commissioner Adam Simmonds’s staff have announced they are leaving their roles.

Assistant commissioners Peter Heaton and John Raisin will both be stepping down next month.

Mr Heaton, who played a key role in Mr Simmonds’s 2012 election win, held the public involvement brief, but has decided to return to his consulting business.

In a statement on his LinkedIn page, Mr Heaton said: “I leave the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission next month to return full-time to my consulting business.

“(It’s) been a fascinating two years, fighting/winning an election then being one of the leaders in the leading police and crime commission, the first with a news and public involvement team also serving a chief constable, radical, innovative work in digital media, news, insight, behavioural science and public involvement, new ground now being followed elsewhere. Much has been learned.”

The timing of the departure of Mr Raisin, who held the policy and resources brief on an interim basis, is believed to be coincidental to that of Mr Heaton.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said Mr Simmonds was currently deciding whether to make any structural changes to his organisation in the wake of the two departures.

A police response to a freedom of information request last month showed Mr Simmonds employed 34 staff at a cost of £1.4 million.