Volunteers wanted for watchdog panel

COMMUNITY-minded people are being sought to help form a panel to watch over the work of the soon to be elected Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.

Residents in the area covered by Avon and Somerset Constabulary will elect someone to the role in November who will be put in charge of policing across the area, with two or more independent members of the Police and Crime Panel overseeing the commissioner’s work.

Council tax levies, policing plans and budgeting will all be looked at by the panel, open to anyone across the area aged over 18.

North Somerset Council leader and chairman of the panel’s selection committee Nigel Ashton said: “I’d urge anyone across the Avon and Somerset force area who is interested in policing and community issues to consider applying.”

The role is unpaid, although expenses will be covered, and the possibility of a small allowance is currently under consideration.

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Anyone over the age of 18 can apply but must work in the Avon and Somerset force area and be able to attend up to six meetings a year which will take place during working days.

The commitment is likely to equal a day a month, with panel members serving a four year term.

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For more information and an application pack go to www.bristol.gov.uk/policeandcrimepanel

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