Appointment of Kent Police youth czar Paris Brown branded a “fiasco”

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:00 24 May 2013

Paris Brown with Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes. Pic by Gareth Fuller/PA

Paris Brown with Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes. Pic by Gareth Fuller/PA

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The appointment of Paris Brown as youth crime commissioner by Kent Police has been labelled a “fiasco” in a government report.

She was appointed by Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes in April but quit her role days later after complaints about messages she had posted on Twitter.

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, said in the report released yesterday: “We need to guard against maverick decision-making.

“We are concerned that incompetent legal advisers appear to have sought to prevent crime panels from even meeting to scrutinise key and highly questionable decisions by PCCs, for instance the fiasco concerning the appointment of a ‘Youth Commissioner’ in Kent.”

Ms Barnes slammed the report, however, saying “you can’t keep emphasis on the negative.”

She added: “I am absolutely appalled that the Home Affairs Committee has published inaccurate information in relation to my office.

“This is downright disgraceful and if we cannot rely on elected members in parliament to issue accurate and truthful information then who can we rely on?

“The appointment of Miss Brown was a manifesto commitment of mine and I kept my promise.”

We are awaiting a response from the committee.

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