Speculation about successor would be “unfair and unprofessional”, says Sir Denis O’Connor.
Her Majestyâ€™s Chief Inspector of Constabulary has declined to be drawn on his views in the wake of controversy surrounding the selection of his successor.
Responding to questions at a press conference in London, Sir Denis Oâ€™Connor said it would be â€œunfair and unprofessionalâ€ of him to comment about his views on preferred candidate Tom Winsor before an appointment had been made.
â€œIf I was good at speculating, then I would be playing the stock market.â€
He told journalists at the event: â€œI do not think I should take a view and speculate â€“ we are in the middle of a process that has not been completed.â€
As previously reported, staff associations have expressed concern about former police pay reviewer Mr Winsor, who has emerged as the preferred candidate for the HM Chief Inspector role, suggesting that he does not have the relevant experience for the job.
If appointed Mr Winsor â€“ who is a lawyer â€“ would be the first HM Chief Inspector from outside of the police. Members of the Home Affairs Select Committee are due to question him at a pre-appointment hearing on June 26.
Quizzed by reporters about his views on the preferred candidate, Sir Denis said with a smile: â€œIf I was good at speculating, then I would be playing the stock market.
â€œIt is not my job to speculate because the decision (of appointment) is not mine to make â€“ and it would be both unfair and unprofessional of me to do so.â€
Sir Denis, who admitted that he will miss the policing family when he retires in September following the London 2012 Olympics, pointed out that â€œthe world is changingâ€.
He added â€œWe shall have to wait and see what happens.â€
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