The Police and Crime Commissioners for the West Midlands region are seeking to appoint Independent Panel Members to join the list of people able to sit on police misconduct hearing panels. These hearings preside over serious misconduct cases in what is an important aspect of the disciplinary rules that govern the police in England and Wales.
Police and Crime Commissioners have the challenging role of ensuring that the people of their respective region are served by an efficient and effective police force. Transparent, fair and robust arrangements for police officer discipline are an important way of inspiring public confidence in the high professional standards and ethical values of our police.
Successful candidates will join the Panels for the Police and Crime Commissioners of West Mercia, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and West Midlands. The work will therefore be varied across the entire region.
An important principle is for misconduct processes to build trust and confidence in policing both for our communities, but also for the staff working within policing. A commitment to fairness and transparency, with a particular emphasis on understanding the issues that are important to our diverse communities is critical in this role.
The role of Independent Panel Member is open to individuals who can demonstrate strong analytical and communication skills, self-confidence and the ability to take a balanced, open minded and objective approach to the issues presented. Preference will be given to applicants who either live or work in the West Midlands region.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the diverse and complex nature of the West Midlands and its various communities.
Candidates must also have an understanding of the need for high standards of conduct in the police service and a commitment to fairness and equality.
Previous experience of law, HR practice or senior management would be beneficial.
For further information and to apply, visit the West Midlands PCC website here.
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