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Independent Panel Members

Independent Panel Members play an important role in upholding the high standards of behaviour and conduct in Avon and Somerset Police by taking part in police misconduct hearings.

We are no longer recruiting for this role.

From May 2024 Chief Constables will have increased powers to terminate the employment of police officers found guilty of gross misconduct. Sitting alongside them on the new format panels will be two independent panel members (IPMs) where previously only one was required.

The new IPM roles do not require legal expertise but instead are inviting people to apply with experience in areas such as senior leadership, compliance, and HR and people management. The roles are voluntary on a part time basis but are paid according to the number of hearings per year.

Hearings usually take place over five days and each panel member is likely to sit on approximately three hearings per year over a five-year term.

The application process

Applications are completed directly online by visiting Independent Panel Member Vacancy.

Applications can be made between 2nd and 21st February 2024.

After the closing date all applications will undergo a shortlisting process and selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview panel. Interviews will take place during weeks commencing 11th & 18th March.

Successful applicants will be appointed by April 2024 and will then be taken through the vetting process to ensure their suitability to do this work. Information on the vetting process can be found on the application form. Newly appointed IPMs will start their terms from May 2024.

You can see the role profile (PDF) and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

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