Sussex Police Panel needs two independent members

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The Sussex Police and Crime Panel is looking for two people to serve as co-opted independent members.

These are voluntary positions, with no salary, although travel expenses can be reclaimed.

The Panel has been created to scrutinise the performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, who will be appointed later this year.

The appointment will be made following an election on November 15, when the people of England and Wales will vote for Commissioners in their local areas.

Each Commissioner will be accountable for how crime is tackled in their police force area and will hold their chief constable and force to account, which will effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

Councillor Brad Watson OBE, Chairman of the Shadow Police and Crime Panel for Sussex, said: “Each force will have one of these Panels to monitor the performance of the Commissioner, ensuring transparency.

“The Panel will be formed by councillors, drawn from each of the local authorities within the region and two co-opted independent members.

“Applicants for these positions should live in the Sussex area.

“While they would benefit from having experience in community safety, victim support, criminal justice and related issues, this is not essential provided they have a passion for the position.”

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday August 13, with interviews for shortlisted candidates likely to take place in September.

For more information about either the role or Panel, or to request an application, contact Ninesh Edwards at ninesh.edwards@westsussex.gov.uk or visit the job web pages at www.westsussex.gov.uk