People invited to join commissioner Sue Mountstevens' Volunteer Complaints Panel
THERE is still time to apply to join a panel that will help Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens scrutinise the conduct of officers and examine how complaints against them are handled.
As part of her aim to improve transparency and boost confidence in Avon and Somerset constabulary’s officers and staff, a panel made up of volunteer residents will play an active part in the process.
Complimenting the work of the force’s Professional Standards Department, the panel’s duties will include scrutinising complaints, reviewing files and how they have been handled, making recommendations and actions, and reporting back to the commissioner.
The PCC’s head of volunteering, Lorna Muffett, said: “The panel will give an opportunity for residents to look at complaint files for the police and also to give an insight into this police procedure.
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“We’re looking for people who are over 18, people who either live or work in the Avon and Somerset area, people who have lived in the country for three years and people who haven’t had any connection with the criminal justice system.
“By that I mean people who haven’t got any convictions, but also people who haven’t worked in a related area of business, so we can show this is a panel of people who are able to look at police complaints files with a really fresh view.
“Sue Mountstevens, the Police and Crime Commissioner, has made a commitment to allow general members of the public an opportunity to see inside the police service and she wants the way the police work to be as transparent and open as possible.
“This is an opportunity for members of the public to look at an area of policing that generally people might not know about or might be sceptical about.”
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The volunteers, who will receive training and expenses for travel, will be required to take part in quarterly meetings during office hours.
The closing date for applications is March 20.
To apply, visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/Volunteer-Panel-Recruitment.aspx or call 01275 816826.