Making policing as open and transparent as possible has always been the aim for Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens who set up the Independent Resident’s Panel early on into the role.
The PCC is currently looking for three independent individuals to join the existing Independent Residents Panel to contribute to enhancing local people’s trust and confidence in the review of complaint files against the police.
The Panel is part of the PCC’s vision to involve independent residents in the current complaints handling process, not only looking at police complaints files but to also give insight into this police procedure by reporting back to the PCC on their findings.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "It is really important to involve local people in policing and I am pleased to be able to offer this opportunity. I cannot do this role alone and want to hear from people who are passionate about improving policing.
"If you are over the age of 18, live or work in the area and have a wide range of views on community policing, please consider finding out more about this role and applying to be part of the Independent Resident’s Panel."
The volunteers will receive training and travel expenses and will be required to take part in quarterly meetings to review police complaint files highlighting where policing is working consistently to extend good practice and submit report to the PCC.
September this year, marked the one year anniversary of the Independent Resident's Panel. Sue Lloyd, Vice Chair of the Panel wrote a blog 'Marking the Police Homework: Our first year' about her experiences on the Panel which you can read here.
To apply or find out more information visit the vacancies page on the PCC website www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk or contact Kate Watson on 01275 816825.
Closing date for applications is Friday, January 16, 2015. Dates for selection days are February 24, 25 & 26, 2015.
Posted on Wednesday 17th December 2014