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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Join forces to combat crime!

Grab your chance to become an independent member of the Cheshire Police and Crime Panel

The Cheshire Police and Crime Panel is seeking two committed and energetic people from Cheshire to serve as co-opted independent members.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved from the start of new and very different arrangements for police governance and accountability. Independent members will serve for a four-year term.

The newly-elected Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner will be required to consult with the panel on its plans and budget for policing, as well as the level of its Council Tax charge and the appointment of a chief constable.

It will also maintain a regular check and balance on the performance of the Commissioner.

Councillor Les Gilbert, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member with responsibility for communities and regulatory services, said: “The role of a panel member will be a very important and demanding one. The typical commitment required from a member of the panel is expected to average one day a month, including preparation time.

“Meetings will normally be held during office hours at varying locations throughout Cheshire. Panel members will be able to claim reasonable travelling expenses and will receive induction and other appropriate training.

“The panel aims to reflect in general the breadth of communities in Cheshire and welcomes applications from all eligible people – irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or belief.”

An application pack can be downloaded from this link:  http://www.warrington.gov.uk/info/200727/crime_support_and_prevention/893/police_commissioners_and_crime_panels/3

This includes further information about the role of the panel, eligibility for co-option and an application form. An application in Word format is also available to download.

The closing date for applications is Friday, January 18.

For further information about Cheshire Police and Crime Panel contact:

Paul Jones on 01270 686458 or paul.jones4@cheshireeast.gov.uk

or Bryan Magan on 01925 442150 or bmagan@warrington.gov.uk

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