Independent Members of Misconduct Panels: Get involved!

These Panels will comprise of two police officers and an independent member of the public. They will consider evidence, hear submissions and then make decisions on the evidence they have heard. One of the key roles of the Independent Member will be to provide assurance to the community that police misconduct proceedings are properly investigated and adjudicated transparently. Independent Members will be selected for a Panel on a rota and it is unlikely that they would be asked to sit more than twice a year. Full detail on how to apply can be found on our vacancies page.

 

THE COMMITMENT

You will need to:

  • Attend and participate in Misconduct Hearings as required;
  • Prepare for such hearings by considering in advance relevant papers, reports and background information;
  • Accept any training offered;
  • Keep abreast of local, regional and national developments affecting policing; and
  • Maintain the highest personal standards of professional conduct and ethics.


THE SKILLS REQUIRED

You will need the ability to:

  • Interpret and question material/information;
  • Take a balanced, open minded and objective approach to the particular issues of a case;
  • Clearly articulate views while being receptive to the opinions of others;
  • Think independently while still being part of a Panel;
  • Constructively challenge accepted facts and views in a non-confrontational manner;
  • Show commitment to fairness and equality; and
  • Give an appropriate level of commitment to the process, ensuring that sufficient time is set aside to both attend and prepare for hearings.

To get involved you must be over 18 years of age and live or work in the relevant Police areas. Members will receive an allowance of £211.50 per day or £104.50 per half day, travelling expenses and provision for reading time. The Commissioners want the Independent Membership of Misconduct Panels to represent a diverse range of people - and welcome applications from eligible persons irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, religious belief, sexual orientation or disability.

Disqualifications: In order to guarantee the independence of the process we will not appoint:

  • Serving or retired police officers, police staff or special constables;
  • Persons with unspent convictions (spent convictions may also be taken into consideration); and/or
  • Persons whose appointment would be likely to result in any real or perceived conflict of interest.

The closing date for applications is 14 March 2014.

For more information, and to apply, contact your local Police and Crime Commissioner:

Dyfed Powys - PO Box 99, Llangunnor, Carmarthen, SA31 2PF.
Tel: 01267 226440
Email: opcc@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk
www.dyfed-powys.pcc.police.uk

Gwent - Police Headquarters, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, NP44 2XJ.
Tel: 01633 642200
Email: commissioner@gwent.pnn.police.uk
www.gwent.pcc.police.uk

South Wales - Tá Morgannwg, Police Headquarters, Bridgend, CF31 3SU.
Tel: 01656 869366
Email: commissioner@south-wales.pnn.police.uk
www.southwalescommissioner.org.uk