Local people from a diverse range of backgrounds who have an interest in policing have been recruited to help PCC Sue Mountstevens monitor the use of police powers. For more information about the volunteers click here.
The new Scrutiny of Police Powers panel will:
- help look at the use of Taser, stop and search, body worn video and the use of force by the police;
act as a ‘critical friend’ to the PCC and the Constabulary by understanding and communicating local people's perspectives;
providing feedback on the use of police powers and provide organisational learning;
increase transparency and public knowledge about the safeguards and complexity in relation to the use of police powers.
Panel members are expected to attend quarterly meetings to review a sample of files and footage on the use of police powers. Each time the panel meet they produce a report of their findings which they submit to the PCC for oversight and the police for a response. Training and travel expenses will be provided.
Volunteers from across Avon and Somerset were invited to apply to be a part of the panel and the PCC was keen to ensure the panel is representative of the diverse communities of the area.
For further information about the panel you can read the Draft Terms of Reference here - Please note the Terms of Reference will be agreed and signed by the newly formed Panel at their first meeting.
For more information or if you have any questions about the panel please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To view details of the Taser Scrutiny Panel which has been superceeded by the Scrutiny of the use of Police Powers panel click here.