Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel - Independent Member Recruitment

Appointment of an Independent Member to the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel

Do you live or work in Cornwall or Isles of Scilly and would you like the opportunity to have an input into the scrutiny of policing in the county?

We are looking for a member of the public to serve as an independent member on the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel. The Panel plays a key role in scrutinising the performance of the elected Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner and promotes openness in the delivery of policing throughout the peninsula.  Independent members sit alongside Councillors representing Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

About the role

The role of a Panel member is an important and rewarding one.  The Commissioner is required to consult with the Panel on her plans and budget, as well as the level of Council Tax for policing, the appointment of senior staff in her office and the Chief Constable.

Meetings, which take place during the day, are currently held online but may in the future be held in Plymouth. Panel members are able to claim reasonable travel expenses.  An induction and training will be provided. The appointment is for four years. Meetings of the Panel are webcast and those interested in applying may wish to view previous meetings.

Under the legislation, co-opted members of the Police and Crime Panel may not be:

  • The Police and Crime Commissioner or a member of staff of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Devon and Cornwall Police area 
  • a serving Police Officer
  • a member of the civilian staff of the Police for the Devon and Cornwall Police area 
  • a member of Parliament
  • a member of the National Assembly for Wales
  • a member of the Scottish Parliament
  • a member of the European Parliament
  • an elected Member of an any Council in Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly
  • persons who do not live or work in Cornwall or Isles of Scilly

The role will require you to attend at least four meetings a year and commitment is expected to average around one day a month, with meetings held during the day normally in Plymouth, sometimes at locations across Devon and Cornwall. The role is unpaid but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Applying for the role

Applications are invited from individuals with appropriate skills, knowledge and experience, such as representing the interests of groups and organisations or an understanding of community safety, policing and criminal justice issues. The Panel wishes to reflect the breadth of communities in Devon and Cornwall and welcomes applications from all eligible people irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. 

For a copy of the application pack please contact Jamie Sheldon, email or write to Jamie Sheldon, Democratic Support, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, West Hoe Road, Plymouth PL1 3BJ. The closing date for applications is the 16 December 2020 after which point you will be contacted to discuss your application.

For further information on the application process please contact Jamie Sheldon, Senior Governance Advisor on 01752 305155.