Candidates wanted for crime panel

Applications are being invited for a new role which will play a part in changes to the way crime and disorder is tackled in Derbyshire.

Later this year Police Authorities, which hold forces in England and Wales to account, will be abolished and new Police and Crime Commissioner posts will be established. Derbyshire’s candidates are now coming forward and elections for the new four-year post will take place on November 15.

Meanwhile, a new Police and Crime Panel made up of councillors and independent members is being set up to scrutinise and support the Commissioner’s work. The independent member roles, now being advertised, will:

* Review the Commissioner’s police and crime plan and annual report

* Review senior appointments made by the Commissioner

* Review the level of council tax the Commissioner proposes local people will pay towards policing

* Investigate any complaints about the Commissioner’s conduct Derbyshire County Council’s Director of Legal Services John McElvaney, who is overseeing the setting up of the Police and Crime Panel, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to be involved from the start with new arrangements for reducing crime and disorder across the county.

“We’re looking for at least two committed and energetic local people to become independent panel members and hoping for a range of applications to reflect the breadth of Derbyshire’s diverse communities.”

Applicants should live or work in Derby or Derbyshire.

All independent panel members will receive appropriate training and will be allowed to claim reasonable expenses. Meetings will be held at various locations across Derbyshire and duties are not expected to exceed one day a month.

Responsibilities include setting policing priorities, setting the police budget and the amount of council tax residents pay towards policing, appointing the Chief Constable and preparing the police and crime plan. The Chief Constable will retain full responsibility for operational policing.

Application packs for the independent panel member roles are available from scrutiny@derbyshire.gov.uk or 01629 538328 or 01629 538310. The closing date for applications is September 2.