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Policy Intern

Want a role where you can make a real difference to over a million people? A role where you can help build safer communities? A role where you can influence important decisions at a local and national level?

The Police and Crime Commissioner is recruiting a Policy Intern on a fixed 12 month contract. The role would suit either an undergraduate looking for a 12 month placement as part of their course, or a postgraduate who is looking for some work experience in this field.

The salary will be in the region of £16,900 depending on the successful candidate. The position is based at the West Mercia Police Headquarters at Hindlip Hall in Worcester.

The successful individual will be vetted in line with normal policing procedures before they can commence the role. All other standard terms and conditions of employment will apply, including holiday entitlement and the payment of relevant expenses incurred undertaking the role.

The successful candidate must have:

  • An interest in working within a social work, policing or criminal justice related environment.
  • A basic understanding of the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • An awareness of working within a politically sensitive environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, be comfortable using various IT systems and be able to work both independently and as part of a team

As an Intern you will be given full support and guidance from our commissioning team and policy officers. The main focus of your work will include carrying out reviews in three or four key priority areas regarding victims, offenders and policing. While the precise areas of work will be agreed with the successful candidate, this might include:

  • Techniques and schemes which might need to be put in place to break the re-offending cycle, and how to prevent petty offenders become involved in more serious crimes
  • Why many victims are repeat victims, identifying options for how this process may be stopped
  • Options around the best way to solve problems within neighbourhoods and what impact increased/decreased visibility has on policing

With the support of our existing staff you will be required to meet any relevant external partners and colleagues within West Mercia. You may also be required to contribute towards other work undertaken by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and get involved in other topical projects throughout the year to deliver the Police and Crime Plan. Support and guidance will be provided.

If you require any further information in relation to the internship position, please Jackie Irvin on 01905 332264

To apply for the position, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are a suitable candidate to opcc@westmercia.pnn.police.uk.

If you wish to support your application further you can inbox us a short video via the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner facebook account.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 27th March 2019 and interviews will take place week commencing 8th April 2019, with a view to commencing the role in August 2019.

To view the job profile please click here.

Independent Custody Visitors

We are keen to hear from people interested in volunteering as Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) for the North Worcestershire and Herefordshire Panels.

Independent Custody Visitors are volunteers recruited by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner from the local community. They are independent of the police service. Following training, they work in pairs and are able to make unannounced visits to police stations within their force area to check on the welfare of people detained in custody.  They observe, comment and report on the conditions and treatment of people detained.  They check that the statutory rights and entitlements governing the welfare of detainees are being observed.

As an Independent Custody Visitor, you would have a vital role in ensuring the welfare of persons in police custody in West Mercia and strengthening public confidence in police custody practices.  You would be assigned to a Panel near to where you live or work and with another custody visitor you would be asked to make unannounced visits to the local police station(s) with custody suites.  As a volunteer you will be given the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your community, develop your skills and experience, meet people and make friends.  You will be provided with training and support to carry out the role.  The role is voluntary (unpaid), although travelling expenses are paid.

The scheme does not require a lot of a volunteer’s time but there would be some unsocial hours as visits can take place at any time within a 24 hour period.  You would be expected to make a commitment to carry out a minimum of one custody visit per month (lasting approximately one hour plus travel time).  In addition you would be expected to attend two evening Panel meetings per year, and one or two meetings or training events usually held on Saturdays.  Appointments last for 3 years and may be extended by mutual agreement.

To be eligible to apply you must be over 18, live or work in the West Mercia policing area, and have been a resident of the UK for at least 3 years. You will not be suitable if there could be a conflict of interest e.g. you are a serving Police Officer or Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) or if you have a criminal conviction.  You must be happy to travel to custody suites in Kidderminster or Hereford.  All applications are subject to Police vetting.

If you would like to be considered for a role within the scheme in these areas, please complete the application form here.

Once completed email to Philip.Compton@westmercia.pnn.police.uk or post to OPCC, West Mercia Police, Hindlip Hall, Worcester, WR3 8SP. He will be in touch with more information on the next stages of the process.

To read the role description click here.

To read the person specification click here.

Click here for further information about custody visiting, and what it’s like to take part.

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