Members of the public across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are being invited to apply to serve on the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP).
Two co-opted independent members are currently being recruited by the Panel. The PCP is the body that scrutinises and supports the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The PCP maintains a regular check and balance on the performance of the Commissioner and holds him to account on his responsibilities to the residents of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Although the Police and Crime Commissioner is ultimately accountable to the electorate via the ballot box, he is required to consult with the Panel on his plans and budget for policing, as well as the level of council tax, and, when necessary, the appointment of a Chief Constable. Chairman of the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel and Isle of Wight Councillor David Stewart said:
“A vacancy has arisen for two independent co-opted members to join the Panel. The role of a Panel member is an important and demanding one, and we are seeking committed and enthusiastic residents to serve as co-opted independent members from October 2016 for a four year term. “The Panel wishes to reflect the breadth of communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and it would welcome applications from anyone eligible to be considered. “This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in and make suggestions for improvement to policing, community safety and crime issues within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.” The closing date for applications is 29 August.