Police recruit watchdog panel

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 August 2012 | UPDATED: 11:08 13 August 2012

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A new panel to monitor Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s new crime commissioner is being set up by local authorities.

A panel to monitor Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s new crime commissioner is being set up by local authorities.

The community will elect someone to the role in November who will be responsible for overseeing policing across the area.

Two or more independent members of the new Police and Crime Panel will work alongside councillors to support the commissioner.

Work will include looking at the amount of council tax levy the force puts on households, budgets and policing plans.

The panel is open to anyone across the area over the age of 18.

North Somerset Council leader and chairman of the panel’s selection committee Nigel Ashton said: “The new panel will play an important role in scrutinising the work of the police and crime commissioner.

“I’d urge anyone across the Avon and Somerset force area who is interested in policing and community issues to consider applying.”

Selection will be based on the skills and knowledge of applicants, though training will be given.

Expenses will be paid, but the role is unpaid - although the possibility of a small allowance is currently under consideration.

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply but must work in the Avon and Somerset force area and be able to attend up to six meetings a year which will take place during working days.

The commitment is likely to equal a day a month, with panel members serving a four year term.

For more information and an application pack go to www.bristol.gov.uk/policeandcrimepanel


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