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PCC hosts training day for independent resident's complaints panel

Independent Residents Panel

From left to right: James Mochnacz, Catherine Shewan, Jasmin Ullah, PCC Sue Mountstevens, Anthony Warren, Liam Doyle, Sue Lloyd, Philip Marshall

Volunteers were today welcomed, by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens, to a training day as part of her first Independent Residents Panel to look at police complaints.

The meeting saw eight of the ten successful applicants travel to police headquarters, Portishead to take part in full day of training; meeting with Kevan Rowlands, Deputy Head of Professional Standards for the Constabulary and Kathryn Palmer, Public Contacts & Standards Officer for the Office of the PCC.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted with the level of interest that we received from residents to be involved with the panel and the number of people that wanted to be involved in this aspect of policing.

“I want everyone in Avon and Somerset to have the highest levels of confidence in the Police and this is why I set up the independent resident’s panel to look at police complaints and I will publish their reports.”

As part of the training day the volunteers not only found out more about the PCC’s vision for the Independent Resident’s Complaints Panel but also received guidance from the Constabulary Professional Standards Department regarding the complaints handling process.

The first panel meeting will be on Wednesday, September 4, at police headquarters, Portishead.

The Commissioner pledged during her campaign to make policing as open and transparent as possible. As of January 2013, people over the age of 18, living or working in the Avon and Somerset area can apply to scrutinise various aspects of policing.

The volunteers who will receive training and expenses for travel, will be required to take part in quarterly meetings (in office hours) to review police complaint files and highlight where policing is working consistently to extend good practice.

To find out more about the Independent Resident’s Panel click here.

To find out more about the individuals on the Independent Resident’s Panel click here.

Posted on Monday 19th August 2013
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