“We need independent minds to maintain integrity in policing”: Commissioner opens recruitment for key role

SURREY residents able to uphold police to the highest standards are being urged to apply for roles as Independent Members.

The post, advertised by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, will see successful applicants appointed to Police Gross Misconduct Panels.

Panels are convened when police officers or staff are accused of breaching the Standards of Professional Behaviour, and can lead to dismissal from their force.

Surrey Commissioner Lisa Townsend said: “Independent Members around the country support and promote public confidence by maintaining integrity in policing.

“Independent minds”

“Recent high-profile cases, including those of both Wayne Couzens and David Carrick, underline the need to instil the core values of ethics and morality in everything our offices and staff do.

“That’s why my office, as well as Commissioner’s offices in Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, are recruiting more Independent Members.

“We’re looking for local people with independent minds and keen analytical skills. They might come from the professional worlds of law, social work or another relevant area, but whatever their background is, they’ll need to be able to analyse a large amount of information and make sound, reasoned decisions.

Applications open

“We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities. As a result, we welcome applications for this crucial role from local people with a passion of promoting the highest standards in policing.”

Independent Members usually sit on three or four panels a year. They will commit to a four-year term, with the possibility of a further extension. The role requires police vetting.

Applications close at midnight on October 15.

For more information, or to download an application pack, visit surrey-pcc.gov.uk/vacancy/independent-members/

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