The Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside Police & Crime Commissioners are seeking applications from persons wishing to be appointed as an Independent Member to sit on Police Misconduct Panels.
Independent persons are required to assist misconduct panels in determining a fair and evidence based judgment about a particular police officer’s conduct and agreeing an appropriate sanction. The appointments aim to reassure the community that misconduct matters are properly investigated and proceedings properly adjudicated.

The Commitment

You will be expected to:
• Attend and participate effectively in misconduct hearings (approximately 8-10 hearings per year)
• Constructively challenge accepted facts and views in hearings where appropriate
• Prepare for hearings by considering in advance relevant papers, reports and background information.

The Skills Required

• Analytical skills to enable you to interpret and question material relevant to the case under consideration
• The ability to take a balanced, open minded and objective approach to the issues and come to evidence based decisions that are robust and will withstand challenge
• The ability to articulate views while being open to the opinions of other people
• The ability to think independently
• The ability to challenge the views of senior police officers on the panel
• A commitment to fairness and equality

The Appointment

We are looking to appoint approximately 20 members to sit on Panels held throughout Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cumbria and Lancashire. Appointment as an Independent Member is initially for five years with a full review of continuing suitability at the end of that time. Subject to that review, a further period of service. Applicants must be over 18 and not a serving or retired police officer or police staff, special constable or staff of the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Applicants must reside within the northwest region. A daily allowance of £200 is payable together with associated expenses.

An application form and further details may be obtained from this link:

Please send completed application forms to:

Office of Police & Crime Commissioner for Merseyside
Allerton Police Station
Rose Lane
L18 6JE
Tel: 0151 777 5155

Dr Joanne Liddy
Chief of Staff
Office of Police & Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

The closing date for the return of completed application forms is 27th January 2016.