Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel Vacancy

Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Panel (PCP) is seeking an experienced person to join the Warwickshire Panel as an independent panel member.independent-member-jpg

This role will play a crucial part in maintaining the governance and accountability arrangements for policing in Warwickshire. The voluntary position will involve working as part of the panel to support and scrutinise the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), to ensure that there is an effective and constructive challenge to the PCC, and to act as a voice to represent those who live and work in Warwickshire.

Applicants for the role should not be a Police Officer or member of the PCC’s staff, an MP or member of the National Assembly for Wales, Scottish Parliament or European Parliament. They should not be Warwickshire County, District or Borough councillors nor civil servants engaged in political activity. They should be aged 18 or over and either live or work in Warwickshire.

The role requires attendance at all meetings of the panel (approximately six each year) as well as working groups and development sessions. An interest in the key issues of policing and policing priorities is essential and applicants should also have experience of working with people of various ages, religious beliefs and political views. Although this position is voluntary, reasonable expenses will be paid. The successful candidate will start their four year term as an independent member following the County Council Elections on 4 May 2017.

The position of independent member on the panel will become vacant following the stepping down of the panel’s Independent Chair, Mr Robin Verso. Mr Verso said of his time on the Panel:

“I have found the role of independent member of the Panel to be interesting, rewarding and challenging over the last 4 years. As a team, we have questioned the Commissioner consistently on his oversight of the Police and I found many opportunities to contribute to this, always seeking to improve Police services and success in the fight against crime. I had to work very hard to understand Police performance and finances which are essential requirements in my view to enable Panel members to hold the Commissioner to account. But it was worth it!”

Cllr John Horner, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said:

“The independent members of the Police and Crime Panel are essential to the smooth running of the panel and ensuring that the police and crime commissioner is subject to the right levels of scrutiny and hear the voice of everyone living and working in the County.”

Cllr Phillip Johnson, Chair of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added:

“I sincerely hope there will be a high level of interest from the Warwickshire public for the really interesting and rewarding role of independent panel member.”

Full details of the application process, which closes at noon on 8 February 2017, can be found on the Police and Crime Panel’s Webpage here.

 

Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel – 1 December

The Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel are meeting at Rugby Borough Council offices on 1 December at 11am to do the important job of holding the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to account. The varied agenda includes:

  • The PCC’s final Police and Crime Planpcp
  • Understanding Police Performance Data
  • An update from the Panel’s Working Groups
  • An update on Cyber Crime in Warwickshire
  • The appointment of Independent Members

If you would like to speak at the meeting,  or ask a question to the Panel or PCC related to the agenda, please contact Stefan Robinson by Monday 28 November.

Stefan Robinson

Senior Democratic Services Officer
01926 4128079
stefanrobinson@warwickshire.gov.uk

Police and Crime Panel – 26 June

Reviewing the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner

At its next meeting on Friday 26 June, the Police and Crime Panel has an important role in reviewing the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner – Ron Ball – over the past 12 months. The Panel will examine and question the Commissioner in respect of his Annual Report 2014/15, which outlines his activities and achievements throughout the year including the development of the Strategic Alliance with West Mercia, progress against his Police and Crime Plan and management of the policing budget.

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

The Panel has expressed concerns previously regarding the reported low ‘conversion rate’ (i.e. the number of reported crimes that result in a prosecution) for cases of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. The Panel received a report from Warwickshire Police in November 2014 which outlined the work that had been undertaken to improve conversation rates. The Panel is to receive a further report at this meeting and will be seeking assurances that further improvements have been achieved.

Police and Crime Panel Annual Report 2014/15

The Panel will formally approve its Annual Report 2014/15 which outlines the Panel’s key activities and achievements throughout the year and the positive work undertaken by a number of sub-groups that have been established by the Panel to effectively contribute to the Commissioner’s policies and core areas of work.

Get Involved

The meeting starts at 10am in the Council Chamber at Rugby Borough Council and is open to the public (click here for the agenda and reports). If you wish to ask either the Commissioner or the Panel a question at the meeting, please visit here for further information.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel Annual Report 2014/15

The second Annual Report of the Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel has been published and is available here.

Since 2013/14, the Panel has overcome the initial challenges of being a new body in a new world and has become increasingly confident in its role. The Panel has pro-actively identified where it can add value to policing strategy and priorities in Warwickshire, in addition to fulfilling its statutory obligation to hold the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner – Mr Ron Ball – to account.

This report outlines the Panel’s key activities and achievements throughout the year and the positive work undertaken by a number of sub-groups that have been established by the Panel to effectively contribute to the Commissioner’s policies and core areas of work.

The Annual Report will be considered at Annual Council on 19 May – this meeting is open to the public and details are available here.

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Get Involved

 Meetings of the Police and Crime Panel are open to the public and allow for questions to be asked. For further details or meetings and how to participate, please visit the dedicated web page here.

Police and Crime Panel – 24 April

Performance and service delivery will be a key focus for the Panel at the next meeting. First on the agenda will be a review of how the Commissioner has responded to a number of key issues and recommendations that were highlighted in the HMIC Crime Data Integrity report. Published in November, the report found that Warwickshire Police had recorded only 82 per cent of crimes in 2012/13; although this was average performance when compared nationally, a detailed plan had been drafted to improve the accuracy of crime recording. The Panel will be reviewing what improvements have been delivered.

There will be a report on the current performance of the Drug and Alcohol Support Services. The Commissioner has made it one of his priorities within the Police and Crime Plan to support Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) and agencies tackling alcohol and drug misuse which contributes to anti-social and criminal behaviour including domestic abuse. The Panel will be reviewing the Commissioner’s funding streams to support this area of work and what action he is taking to improve and influence the the performance of the Drug Intervention Programme.

The Panel will also review:

  • The Commissioner’s response to the 19 recommendations which the Panel submitted in November regarding the future of victim support services in Warwickshire, following the comprehensive review by the Victims’ Services Task and Finish Group.
  • An update on the latest position in terms of understanding Cyber Crime in Warwickshire and the expenditure of prioritised funding. The Panel has also requested data on cyber bullying and ‘sexting’.

Get Involved

The meeting starts at 10am in the Council Chamber at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and is open to the public (click here for the agenda and reports). If you wish to ask either the Commissioner or the Panel a question at the meeting, please visit here for further information.

Police and Crime Panel to review proposed Council Tax increase

One of the key roles of the Police and Crime Panel is to consider the Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposed policing budget and precept for 2015/16.

What is the precept?

Each force area raises extra money to pay for policing activity through Council Tax. This is called the police precept and is included in every Council Tax bill. The police precept represents about a quarter of overall funding to the police service in England and Wales. The level of police precept is set locally every year.

In its role of holding the Commissioner to account, the Police and Crime Panel has a statutory obligation to review the Commissioner’s proposed precept level and formally respond whether it agrees or disagrees with it.

Meeting – 3rd February

The Panel will meet on Tuesday 3 February to consider the Commissioner’s budget for 2015/16 and the proposed increase of the precept by 1.99%.

The meeting starts at 12pm at Shire Hall, Warwick and is open to the public (click here for the agenda and reports). If you wish to ask either the Commissioner or the Panel a question at the meeting, please visit here for further information.

Chief Constable Confirmation Hearing

On Friday 19 December, the Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel has the important task of considering the proposed candidate for the position of Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police.

After a rigorous recruitment process, the Police and Crime Commissioner has recommended a candidate to the position, which has to be approved by the Panel, at what is known as a ‘Confirmation Hearing’. This is a statutory duty for the Panel to fulfil and members will be looking for the candidate to demonstrate how they meet the criteria for the position of Chief Constable. The Panel will ask the candidate a series of questions focusing on professional competence and occupational independence – this part of the meeting is open to the public.

Further details about the meeting, the recruitment process and the Commissioner’s recommended candidate can be found here.

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