Residents Invited To Apply For New Hampshire Police And Crime Panel
The new Hampshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP) is recruiting two people who live or work in the Hampshire police area (Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton) to serve as co-opted independent members of the Panel.
The PCP has been established as part of the new governance and accountability arrangements for policing in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton, under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. It held its first meeting on 29 June 2012.
It will scrutinise and support the work of the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) who will be elected in November when the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight go to the polls to vote for one person to oversee police and crime policy. The new Commissioner will take office on 22 November 2012.
Although the Police and Crime Commissioner is ultimately accountable to the electorate via the ballot box, the Commissioner will be required to consult with the Panel on their plans and budget for policing, as well as the level of council tax and the appointment of a Chief Constable. The Panel will also maintain a regular check and balance on the performance of the Commissioner.
At this time, the Police and Crime Panel comprises of 15 Councillors (one from each of the local authorities within the Hampshire police area including Hampshire County Council, the 11 district and borough councils in Hampshire, and the unitary authorities of the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton). The Panel will appoint an additional three Councillors (subject to the permission of the Secretary of State) to help reflect Hampshire and the Isle of Wight's political balance. An additional two independent non-councillor co-opted members are being sought and their appointment will complete the Panel.
The composition of the PCP reflects the political balance across Hampshire and Isle of Wight, and a mix of skills, knowledge and experience needed to be effective.
The PCP will have powers and responsibilities including:
- To review the draft Police and Crime Plan.
- To publicly review and scrutinise the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Annual Report.
- To review and scrutinise decisions made, or actions taken by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
- To review, influence and if necessary, challenge Council Tax precept levels proposed by the Commissioner.
- To make a recommendation to the Commissioner on any proposal to remove the Chief Constable.
- To review and make recommendations to the Commissioner on proposals to appoint senior staff and the Chief Constable.
- To appoint an Acting Commissioner (from amongst the Commissioner’s staff) where the Commissioner is incapacitated or suspended.
Chairman of the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel and Isle of Wight Councillor, David Stewart said: The role of a Panel member will be an important and demanding one and we are seeking two committed and energetic residents to serve as co-opted independent members from summer 2012, for a four year term. The Panel wishes to reflect the breadth of communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and it would welcome applications from anyone eligible to be considered.
This is an exciting opportunity to be involved from the start of new, and very different, arrangements, for police governance and accountability.”
The closing date for applications is 31 August 2012. Find out how to apply and download an application pack.