Colin Pipe was appointed Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner on 10th September 2015.
Colin’s background is rooted in the Civil Service, where he served for 30 years. During this time he worked closely with Ministers and was a UK delegate to both the European Union and the Hague Conference on Private International Law, where he negotiated international treaties concerning children and families.
Colin served as a Magistrate in Ealing, Acton, Camberwell and London Bridge between 1995 and 2010, including a decade long service as a bench chairman. After adding to this experience in the roles of Independent Custody Visitor and Independent Critical Incident Advisor, Colin joined the OPCC as a Special Advisor to the PCC, Martyn Underhill.
Martyn soon recognised the wealth of Colin’s skills and expertise and presented him to the Police and Crime Panel as a candidate for a voluntary Deputy PCC. On their approval, Colin took up the post in September 2015. Following Martyn’s re-election in May 2016, Colin was formally appointed as a paid Deputy PCC.
Colin’s primary responsibility is to deputise for the PCC, either in fulfilling functions and engagements the PCC is unavailable to undertake, or as Acting PCC as was the case when the PCC had to take a period of compassionate leave.
He also has primary portfolio responsibility for the customer services strategy, implementation of the new complaints system and for transparency and the strategic direction of the four major scrutiny panels, with specific responsibility for contact with the public and out of court disposals.