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West Mercia Police and Crime Panel seeks independent members

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Issued on behalf of Worcestershire County Council

The West Mercia Police and Crime Panel is looking for two members of the public to serve on the panel for a period of four years.

The role of the independent panel member is an important and demanding one. The commitment required will vary, but is expected to average one day a month. Meetings will generally be held during normal working hours at locations within West Mercia, mainly at County Hall in Worcester.

The panel is part of the relatively new governance arrangement for policing in the West Mercia area. Its role is to maintain a regular check and balance on the performance of the directly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner. This is an important and challenging role which offers you the chance to review the key strategic actions and decisions taken by the commissioner, including whether the Police and Crime Plan and Annual Report properly reflects the priorities of community safety partners and the public.

The position is unpaid but all panel members are able to claim an amount for reasonable travelling expenses and will receive induction and other appropriate training.

Applications from people with experience in community safety, victim support, criminal justice and related issues would be particularly welcomed. Applicants must be resident in or work within the West Mercia police force area.

A recruitment pack is available on Worcestershire County Council's website, which includes further information about the role of the panel, eligibility for co-option and an application form.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 18 August 2016.

For further information about the West Mercia Police and Crime Panel, please contact Simon Mallinson, head of legal and democratic services for Worcestershire County Council on 01905 766670 or smallinson@worcestershire.gov.uk.

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