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Scrutiny of Police Powers Panel

The Scrutiny of Police Powers (SoPP) Panel is made up of local people from a diverse range of backgrounds who want to help the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) monitor the use of force by the police such as the use of a Taser.

The Scrutiny of Police Powers (SoPP) Panel is made up of local people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Panel members 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 Police and Crime Commissioner for oversight and the police for a response. 

To find out more about the local people on the Panel, View the Scrutiny Panels Reports.

Aims of the Panel

The SoPP Panel:

  • helps 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 police 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 related to the use of police powers. 

For further information about the aims and objectives read the panels the Terms of Reference (PDF).

Who can join the Panel?

Volunteers are required to be:

  • Over the age of 18 years old
  • Living or working in Avon and Somerset
  • Able to attend meetings during the day at Avon and Somerset Police headquarters in Portishead.

All volunteers are subject to police vetting checks.

Join the Panel

We are not currently recruiting.

If you are interested in any future volunteering vacancies, email opccvolunteering@avonandsomerset.police.uk to register your interest.

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