1 Opportunity to join Sussex Police and Crime Panel
Sussex Police and Crime Panel is looking for two enthusiastic and strategically minded people from the Sussex area to serve as co-opted independent members.
The Police and Crime Panel scrutinises the performance of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, to ensure transparency, and to provide checks and balances in relation to the Commissioner’s actions and decisions. The Panel comprises councillors drawn from each of the 15 local authorities within the region, and two co-opted independent members. The Panel meets formally four times a year, in Lewes, East Sussex.
Independent members, through their knowledge and experience, enhance the Panel’s ability to hold the Commissioner to account.
Applicants should live within the Sussex area (East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove). Experience in community safety, victim support, criminal justice and related issues would be helpful, but is not essential.
The work of the Panel is evidence-based, and skills in data analysis and performance management are valued, as is experience of the community and voluntary sector. There is no salary for the role, but travel expenses can be reclaimed.
The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 13 May 2016. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be conducted on Tuesday 14 June 2016, in Lewes.
2 What the Sussex PCP does
A Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex was elected on 15 November 2012. The Commissioner is accountable to the electorate for how crime is tackled in their area. The website for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner contains further details about the Commissioner's role and work.
Each police force area also has a Police and Crime Panel, to provide checks and balances in relation to the performance of the Commissioner. Its role is to scrutinise the performance of the Commissioner and to ensure transparency.
The Panel came into being on 1 November 2012 and meets a minimum of 4 times a year.
Its role includes powers to:
- review the draft Police and Crime Plan and make recommendations to the Commissioner, who must consider them
- review the Commissioner’s annual report and make recommendations at a public meeting, which the Commissioner must attend
- deal with complaints about the Commissioner
- require the Commissioner to attend the Panel to answer questions
- veto the Commissioner’s proposed precept by a two-thirds majority
- veto by a two-third’s majority the Commissioner’s proposed candidate for Chief Constable
- appoint an acting Commissioner where the incumbent Commissioner is incapacitated, resigns or is disqualified
- under the terms of its Home Office grant, the Panel is required to publish details of its expenditure - for 2015/16, these can be found below.
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3 Agendas, minutes and reports
22 January 2016
9 October 2015
3 July 2015
24 April 2015
23 January 2015
24 January 2014
27 June 2014
10 October 2014
11 January 2013
7 February 2013
4 April 2013
28 June 2013
11 October 2013
26 November 2012
4 Meeting dates and locations
Forthcoming meeting dates are:
- Monday 4 July 2016
- Friday 23 September 2016
- Friday 20 January 2017
- Thursday 20 February 2017 (provisional meeting, if required, to consider the revised precept)
- Friday 7 April 2017
Start time - 10.30am (unless otherwise stated)
Location - Council Chamber, County Hall, Lewes (unless otherwise stated)
These meetings are open to the public.View webcasts of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel meetings (external link)
5 Get involved
Members of the public can submit written questions (directed either to the Police and Crime Commissioner, or the Police and Crime Panel itself) up to 2 weeks in advance of a meeting of the Police and Crime Panel.
A written response will be provided by noon on the working day before the day of the meeting, and circulated to the Panel members and the questioner.
Panel members will be able to ask follow-up questions at the meeting.
Questions should relate to the role and responsibilities of the Commissioner, and accordingly be strategic in nature.
Operational issues are the responsibility of the Chief Constable. In the event a written question concerns an operational issue, a summary of the question will be published as above. The Commissioner will work with the Chief Constable to facilitate a response. The full question and full response will be published on our website, following the meeting.
Questions should be submitted using the contact details for the Panel.
6 Panel members
In Sussex, the members of the Panel are drawn from each of the 15 local authorities within the region. At least 2 independent members also sit on the Panel.
- Adur District Council – David Simmons
- Arun District Council – Paul Wotherspoon
- Brighton and Hove City Council – Emma Daniel
- Brighton and Hove City Council – Dee Simson
- Chichester District Council – Eileen Lintill
- Crawley Borough Council – Michael Jones
- Eastbourne Borough Council – John Ungar
- East Sussex County Council – Bill Bentley (Vice Chairman)
- East Sussex County Council – Rosalyn St Pierre
- Hastings Borough Council – Warren Davies
- Horsham District Council – Kate Rowbottom
- Lewes District Council – Tony Nicholson
- Mid Sussex District Council – Norman Webster
- Rother District Council – Eleanor Kirby
- Wealden District Council – Claire Dowling
- Worthing Borough Council – Valerie Turner
- West Sussex County Council - Graham Jones
- West Sussex County Council – Brad Watson (Chairman)
- Independent – Sandra Prail*
- Independent – Graham Hill*
*Independent members of the Panel are required to sign up to West Sussex County Council’s Code of Conduct.
7 Contact details
The Sussex Police and Crime Panel has a duty to receive and initially consider complaints against the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, where the Commissioner has chosen to appoint one.
Complaints can be submitted either by email or post. An officer of West Sussex County Council will contact you to acknowledge receipt of your complaint and inform you of how it is planned to take it forward.
By law, the Panel has no role in complaints about operational policing matters. If you have a complaint about a police office or a member of police staff, the Sussex Police website explains how the matter can be taken forward.
Similarly, responsibility for complaints against the Chief Constable of Sussex Police lies with Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. If you have a complaint against the Chief Constable, please refer to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.