Independent Member

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel
Avon & Somerset
13 Apr 2021
05 May 2021
Contract Type

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel Independent Member Vacancies

We are recruiting two Independent Members to assist the Police and Crime Panel in holding the Police and Crime Commissioner to account.

Somerset County Council currently acts as the Host Authority for the Panel and is responsible for its administrative and officer support arrangements

Are you interested in modern Policing, resource issues and reviewing the strategic direction of the Constabulary?

Do you have the skills and experience that could help us support and challenge the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset?

In 2012, the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel became part of the new governance and accountability arrangements for Policing in Avon and Somerset. The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is responsible for setting the strategic objectives of the Police force and deciding how funding for local Policing and crime reduction is allocated.

The Panel’s role is to both support and challenge the PCC and maintain regular checks and balances on decisions, activities and related performance.

The Panel is looking for two committed and community-minded people to serve as Independent Members from 23rd June 2020. You will work alongside Councillor members from across the force area and one other Independent Member. 

Key skills required include the ability to:-

  • analyse and think strategically
  • scrutinise and challenge
  • communicate effectively
  • develop an understanding of equalities and diversity issues

The Panel has a number of specific responsibilities:-

  • reviewing and contributing to the development of the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan
  • monitoring and scrutinising the PCC’s performance
  • reviewing the PCC’s proposed Precept (the element of council tax which funds the Police)
  • reviewing the PCC’s Chief Officer appointments in the form of a Confirmatory Hearing
  • handling and resolving non-criminal complaints against the PCC

The Panel does not directly scrutinise the Chief Constable or the Constabulary.

The Panel aspires to reflect the composition of the Police service area and we are therefore looking for applications from people from all parts of Somerset and the former Avon area. 

Applications from all eligible people irrespective of disability, ethnic origin, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, age or other protected characteristics are welcomed. 

To apply you will need to:

  • be 18 or over and on the electoral register
  • Live or work in the Avon and Somerset Police Area
  • Able to attend at least 6 formal meetings during the working year
  • Understand the importance of public services and how they are delivered

You cannot be an Independent Member of the Panel if you are:

  • A member of staff of Avon and Somerset Police
  • A Local Authority Councillor
  • A Member of Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, or the Scottish Parliament.

Time Commitment: is likely to average two days a month but this can vary. Independent Members serve an initial 4-year term.  This is an unpaid voluntary role, but you will receive £920 in the form of an annual allowance to reflect expenses. 

To download an application form and details of the role, please click 'Apply'

For further information, please contact the Panel’s Lead Officer, Patricia Jones, on The Panel’s website can be found here

Closing date: Wednesday 5th May 2021   
Interview date: Week Commencing 24th May 2021