In November 2012, the Cleveland Force Area elected its first Police and Crime Commissioner, who is responsible for setting the priorities and resources for Cleveland Police, as well as supporting broader community safety activities. At the same time, a Police and Crime Panel was established to scrutinise the work of the Commissioner, providing independent challenge, as a critical friend.
The Commissioner is required to consult with the Panel on his plans and budget for policing, as well as the level of council tax precept and the appointment of a Chief Constable.
The Panel is made up of representatives from each of the four local authorities in the force area. Those representatives must appoint two Non-Political Independent Members (NPIMs), to also serve with them, on the Panel.
Recently, one of the existing NPIMs stood down, due to increases in other commitments. The Panel is, therefore, looking to fill this vacancy with a motivated individual who either lives or works within the Cleveland Force Area, to serve from November 2018 to 1st February 2021
The role of a Panel member will be an important and demanding one. The typical commitment required from a member of the Panel will be to attend an average of 4 meetings per year, with the possible additional commitment of attending Task and Finish Groups. Meetings last approximately 2 to 3 hours and the Panel member will be expected to prepare for meetings.
Meetings will generally be held at 5pm at the new Community Safely Hub, Cliffland Way, Hemlington, Middlesbrough. All Panel members are able to claim reasonable travelling and subsistence expenses and will receive induction and other appropriate training.
The closing date for applications is Friday 20th September 2019.
The Panel wishes to reflect the breadth of communities in the Cleveland force area and welcomes applications from all eligible people irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor.