Lawyers Wanted for Misconduct Hearings
In what is an important aspect of the disciplinary rules that govern the police, Police Misconduct Panels (PMPs) preside over serious misconduct cases involving police officers. In response to changes in legislation, from January 2016, legally qualified Chairs will now replace Senior Police Officers on these panels. The changes to the disciplinary system have been made to ensure greater transparency and independence which also includes holding police misconduct hearings in public since May 2015.
As a result of these changes, Gwent PCC Ian Johnston is now looking to recruit up to five legally qualified Chairs for Gwent which comprises the Local Authority areas of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen. Applications are sought from qualified lawyers who can demonstrate integrity and independence of mind, commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, sound judgement and an objective approach to issues presented.
The panel will decide cases by finding facts based on the evidence presented, applying the relevant law to them and giving a reasoned judgment. The Chair and the panel may also be responsible for providing directions regarding procedural matters before and or at the hearing.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Ian Johnston, said: "Appointing legally qualified chairs will ensure that these panels have an independent and fair approach to dealing with allegations of serious cases of misconduct against officers which serve the people of Gwent. The fact that these hearings are also held in public makes the process more transparent and helps reassure the people of Gwent that these cases are being dealt with adequately. These are welcome changes in legislation which will provide the public with confidence that all cases of misconduct are dealt with in the most professional manner."
Appointments will be made for an initial four year term and will be paid at a daily rate
Successful candidates will have to undergo vetting checks and complete training prior to chairing hearings
The closing date for applications is Noon on the 9th October 2015
For further information and an application pack, please visit www.gwent.pcc.police.uk