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Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel

Would you like the opportunity to get involved in holding the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner to account? If so, the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel may be your opportunity to do exactly that!

 

On 15 November 2012, electors in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton will elect their first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). The Commissioner will be responsible for setting the priorities and resources for Bedfordshire Police, as well as supporting broader community safety activities across the Force area.

 

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

 

The Panel will consist of 10 Councillors representing the three local authorities in the force area and two co-opted independent members.

 

The Commissioner will be required to consult the Panel before making decisions on the budget for policing, the level of the Police’s element of the council tax as well as the appointment of a Chief Constable.

 

Philip Simpkins, Chief Executive of Bedford Borough Council and Clerk to the Panel, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to be involved from the start of new and very important arrangements for reducing crime and disorder in Bedfordshire.

 

“The role of a Panel Member will be an important and demanding one. We are therefore looking for two committed and energetic people who live or work in Bedfordshire. The Panel starts work in autumn this year and members will serve for four years. “

 

The Panel is an entirely new body and, at this stage, it is difficult to predict accurately the amount of time that Panel Members will need to devote to its work.  It is anticipated that the typical commitment required from a member of the Panel initially will average one day a month, including preparation time for meetings.  However, this may increase as the Panel’s role develops.

 

Panel meetings will generally be held during the evening at varying locations in Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton.  All Panel members will be able to claim reasonable travelling expenses and will receive induction and other appropriate training.

 

For a copy of the application pack, please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/bedspoliceandcrimepanel or telephone 01234 228294 or email linda.stevens@bedford.gov.ukThe closing date for applications is Monday 17 September 2012.

 

The Panel wishes to reflect the breadth of communities in Bedfordshire and welcomes applications from all eligible people irrespective of:-

• age
• disability
• race or ethnicity
• marital status
• nationality or national origin • religious or political beliefs
• sex
• gender re-assignment
• sexual orientation

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