Independent Persons required for the new Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel

News about the new Police and Crime Panel
On the 15 November 2012, Kent will be electing its first Police and Crime Commissioner who will be responsible for setting the priorities and resources for Kent Police, as well as supporting broader community safety activities across the region.

In addition to this a Police and Crime Panel will also be established to scrutinise the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The purpose of this role is to assist the Police and Crime Commissioner through providing independent challenge as a critical friend.

The Panel will be made up of one representative from each of the 14 local authorities in the force area, a further four councillor representatives from the local authorities and two independent co-opted members.

The Commissioner will be required to consult with the Panel on their plans and budget for policing, as well as the level of council tax and the appointment of a Chief Constable.

The Panel is looking for two committed people who either live or work within Kent or Medway to serve as co-opted independent members from November 2012 for a four year term. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved from the start of new and very different arrangements for reducing crime and disorder.

The role of a Panel member will be an important and demanding one. The typical commitment required from a member of the Panel is expected to average one day a month, including preparation time.

All Panel members will receive induction and other appropriate training.

Further details regarding this role may be obtained from Anna Taylor on 01622 694764, or by email to

To apply for the vacancy please download the attached application form which can be found in the application pack. Your application can be returned by post to Peter Sass, Head of Democratic Services, Kent County Council, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ or by email as an attachment in Word format to

The closing date for this post is midday 28th September.

Full details can be found here

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