Two independent members sought for new crime panel

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A NEW body set up to examine policing across Berks, Bucks and Oxon is searching for extra two members.

Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel, which has been set up to examine policing plans in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, is looking for community-minded people for two co-optee positions.

The Panel has been established to monitor and scrutinise the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, who will be elected for the first time by the public in November to oversee, on behalf of residents, the work of Thames Valley Police.

The Panel will be made up of one councillor from each of the 18 local authorities in the Thames Valley, as well as the two independent co -optees.

Recruitment has just started for these two co-optee positions and the Panel is keen to encourage applications.

The role of the co-optees is to act as an independent voice on the Panel and selection will be based on the knowledge, skills and expertise the individuals can bring.

Co-optees could have a professional background in an area such as community safety, criminal justice or victim support. Alternatively, a strong track record of relevant voluntary work would be just as valuable.

Anyone interested in applying for one of the independent co-optee roles must be able to dedicate around one day per month and attend a minimum of six meetings each year at varying locations in the Thames Valley region.

Co-optees would serve a four year term and no allowance is paid for the roles, although travel expenses will be paid and all relevant training provided.

The closing date for applications is July 13.

For more information, and to apply, visit the Bucks County Council website or call 01296 383610.