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Brighton and Hove 'cop watcher' Ben Duncan steps down
9:40am Thursday 10th January 2013 in News
A “cop watcher” has stepped from a key post – due to work commitments.
During that time he has been a strong advocate for protests and received criticism for asking if Brighton and Hove could become a centre for cannabis cafés.
But Coun Duncan has said a change in work commitments in London means he cannot now commit fully to the role.
This includes being chairman of the community safety forum, which helps to set neighbourhood policing priorities for the city.
Coun Duncan, who represents the Queen’s Park ward, told The Argus: “It has been the best part of six years of six years I have been community safety spokesman for the Greens and it has been an absolute privilege to have been chairman of the community safety forum since 2011.
Police and crime
“The system we have at the minute is that councillors should be remunerated through allowances and not paid as though it is a full time job.
“This means that some of us have to take on other jobs in addition to our council duties.”
It also means Coun Duncan, a former member of Sussex Police Authority, will also resign his position on the Police and Crime Panel, which holds the newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner to account.
He said he will remain as one of two city representatives on the body until a replacement is found.
A council spokeswoman said: “Coun Duncan has resigned as the chairman of the community safety forum. A replacement will be appointed soon.
“He will continue as chairman of the licensing committee.”
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