The Police and Crime Commissioner is offering residents an exciting opportunity to become a member of a local stop and search scrutiny panel and assist him with scrutinising the use of stop and search powers by Lancashire Constabulary.
The purpose of the local Community Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel is to provide independent scrutiny of the use of Stop and Search in their area, to provide feedback on Stop and Search practices to the County Wide Community Stop and search panel, to provide a voice for community concerns, and to influence police actions. It is hoped that the local Scrutiny Panel will improve public confidence and trust in the way in which Stop and Search is conducted and in the correct and proportionate exercise of Stop and Search powers.
The 3 panels will consists of 6 members who, as far as possible, represent the demographics of the local area they represent. The membership and chair of the panels will be selected by the County Wide community Stop and Search panel and completely independent of the Police. The Operational Local Policing Command lead for Stop and Search for the local area will be available to the panel meetings in order to enable questions to be asked directly by members and will be accountable for any issues and concerns which may arise.
The Scrutiny Panels will meet quarterly for two hours to undertake dip sampling of Stop and Search forms conducted across the County to ensure they are PACE Code A compliant. The Stop and Search Community Scrutiny Panel will review a random sample of Stop and Search forms, identifying any concerns, issues and areas of good practice and learning..
For additional information about the role of a stop and search Scrutiny Panel Member please contact the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner on 01772 533587.
When there are vacancies they will be listed on the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership website