Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent residents are being invited to join their local Safer Neighbourhood Panel to shine a spotlight on local policing and make Staffordshire’s Police Service the most open, transparent and ethical in the UK.
Safer Neighbourhood Panels, set up by Staffordshire’s Commissioner, Matthew Ellis in 2015, are made up of local residents who meet regularly with their area’s local policing commander.
The panels examine, challenge and shape the work of police at the most local level and hold Local Policing Team Commanders to account as well as looking at wider criminal justice and community safety issues in their area.
Mr Ellis said: “This is a real opportunity for local people to play a part in holding all responsible for policing in their area to account and I’d urge residents to get involved.
I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that policing, is vital.’
Panel members receive training to help them carry out their role so that they can be involved in innovative work such as examining records and body camera footage captured during “stop and searches” and “use of force” by local officers.
For more information and details on how you can apply visit www.staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk/volunteer/available-roles
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Community Engagement Officer