Local people needed to support Merseyside Police and Crime Panel

Published on: Monday, 21-March-2016

The Merseyside Police and Crime Panel is looking for two local people to help support and scrutinise the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

They would serve as co-opted independent members on the panel from July 2016 and May 2020, alongside 10 local councillors from five local authority areas.
 
The panel is consulted by the PCC about the strategic plan for local policing across Merseyside and is expected to offer both support and challenge to the PCC’s decision-making.
 
Independent members, through their knowledge and experience, are expected to enhance the panel’s ability to play its role effectively.
 
The role of a panel member is an important and rewarding one. The typical commitment required from a member of the panel is expected to average one day a month, including preparation time.
 
Applicants must live or work within the Merseyside area (Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral). Experience in community safety, victim support, criminal justice and related issues would be helpful, but is not essential. There is no salary for the role, but reasonable travel expenses can be reclaimed.
 
Panel meetings are generally held in the daytime with meetings ordinarily being held in Huyton, Knowsley.  All panel members receive induction and other appropriate training.
 
Cllr Christine O’Hare, chairs the panel and says: “This is a great opportunity for someone who is keen to play their part in both influencing and holding to account the Commissioner following May’s election.

“The two successful candidates will play a key role in supporting our commitment to making Merseyside a safer place by providing a fresh and informed perspective to our work as a panel.” 

If you are interested in applying for the role, you can find further information and an application pack here.