Independent persons needed to sit on police officer misconduct panels

Individuals with the “highest levels of integrity and accountability” are being sought by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to sit on police officer misconduct hearing panels.

Sue Mountstevens said that effective policing relies on local people having confidence in the policing service they receive and the three appointed people will act independently to enhance public trust and confidence in the constabulary’s performance and the PCC’s governance.

She is looking for individuals who are committed to high standards of conduct and ethics and key skills required for those who apply for the position will include integrity, independence and judgement.

Ms Mountstevens added: “Police officers are expected to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and conduct in the service they provide.

“In cases where an officer may have fallen below these standards, local people have the right to expect the matter will be dealt with thoroughly and fairly.

“Becoming an independent person assisting police officer misconduct panels requires the ability to make fair and evidence based judgements about an officer’s conduct as well as deciding on appropriate sanctions. As an impartial voice on the panel, your role will also provide assurance to our communities that conduct matters are treated seriously.”

An Independent Person will be expected to attend and participate in misconduct hearings as and when required, and the appointment will be for an initial period of four years. Allowances and expenses will be paid.

Ms Mountstevenscontinued: “It is really important to involve independent 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 committed to and passionate about improving policing.”

You can find out more details about the role on the PCC website or by calling 01275 816377.

The closing date for applications is 1 June 2018 – selection days will take place the week commencing 23 July.