Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel

Peterborough City Council is the host authority for the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel.

Purpose of the Police and Crime Panel

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduced significant changes in police governance and accountability. In particular, replacing the police authorities with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners.

The public accountability for the delivery and performance of the police service within each force area was placed into the hands of the Police and Crime Commissioner on behalf of their electorate.

The Police and Crime Commissioner draws on their mandate to set and shape the strategic objectives of their force area in consultation with the Chief Constable. The Commissioner is accountable to their electorate. The Chief Constable is accountable to the Commissioner.

The Act also requires the local authorities in each police force area to establish a Police and Crime Panel as a joint committee. Its role is to primarily scrutinise the Commissioner. The Act also prescribes many of the arrangements with regard to the panel and the way in which it conducts its business.

Visit our Democracy Peterborough website to:

  • View the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel annual reports
  • Browse meetings and agendas for the panel
  • Find the list of members sitting on the panel, their contact details and attendance statistics
  • Read documents such as terms of reference, rules of procedure, panel arrangements, legislation, complaints procedure and media protocol

Vacancy for an Independent Co-opted Member on the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 22 February 2024.

The Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel is looking for a committed and enthusiastic person from the Cambridgeshire / Peterborough area to serve as a co-opted independent member from March 2024 for a four year term.

The elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire is required to consult with the panel on:

  • Their plans for policing
  • The level of council tax precept
  • The appointment of a Chief Constable (when necessary)

The panel also maintains a regular check and balance on the performance of the Commissioner, including the responsibility to review non-criminal complaints made against them. Therefore, the ability to be decisive and make well informed, objective judgements is essential.

To be successful in the role applicants should have:

  • A keen interest in police and crime standards and community safety
  • The ability to be analytical
  • The confidence to scrutinise and offer constructive challenge

The role of a panel member is an important and challenging one and offers the chance to review strategy and senior appointments of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The full panel comprises eleven councillors from the county, city and district councils of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, plus two independent co-opted members.

The panel is looking for an independent co-opted member to join who:

  • Has a track record in community involvement
  • Can represent a cross section of views and concerns of the public
  • Has a keen interest in policing, crime prevention, victim support and community partnerships

The applicant should be willing and able to:

  • Scrutinise reports, papers and budgets
  • Attend approximately five half-day public meetings with the Police and Crime Commissioner, plus occasional extraordinary meetings, briefings, planning meetings and conferences each year
  • Contribute to setting the work agenda of the panel

Meetings will take place throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for which travel expenses will be provided.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form and return it to Democratic Services via the contact details below. The closing date is 5pm on Thursday 22 February 2024.