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Independent Member Needed to Help Scrutinise the Work of the Police and Crime Commissioner

 Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP) is seeking two experienced people to join the Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel as independent panel members.

The role will play a crucial part in maintaining the governance and accountability arrangements for policing in Warwickshire when the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is elected on 15 November.

The panel has a role to support and scrutinise the work of the PCC to ensure that there is an effective, constructive challenge to the PCC and to act as voice to represent those who live and work in Warwickshire.

Applicants for the role should not be a Police Officer or member of the PCC’s staff, an MP or member of the National Assembly for Wales, Scottish Parliament or European Parliament.  They should not be Warwickshire county, district or borough councillors nor civil servants engaged in political activity.  They should be aged 18 or over and either live or work in Warwickshire.

The role requires attendance at all meetings of the panel (between four and six each year) as well as all working groups or evidence gathering sessions as well as training and development sessions.  An interest in the key issues of policing and policing priorities is essential and applicants should also have experience of working with people of various ages, religious beliefs and political views.

David Carter, Strategic Director for the Resources Group, said. “Sitting on the Police and Crime panel is an opportunity to ensure that Warwickshire’s Commissioner is supported and scrutinised to ensure the very best performance.  It is not a case of working against the Commissioner but rather working with and will be a valued role in helping to make Warwickshire a safer place to live and work.”

Although the position is voluntary, reasonable travel expenses will be paid.  Interested parties can receive a job pack and an application form by calling Jane Pollard, Warwickshire County Council’s Corporate Legal Services Manager on 01926 412565 or emailing janepollard@warwickshire.gov.uk  or download an application pack from  www.warwickshire.gov.uk/democracy


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