The Safer Neighbour Panel will be launched in February by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis to help hold local police commanders to account.
The local panels follow the success of the Ethics, Transparency and Audit Panel (ETAP). The ETAP was established as an overarching panel for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as part of the Commissioner’s ambition to make policing in Staffordshire the most open, transparent and ethical in the country.
Local residents will be central to the panel in Cannock Chase which is one of three pilot areas – the others being Staffordshire Moorlands and South Staffordshire - after those councils successfully bid to become early adopters.
People who are interested should email email@example.com or sign up at http://www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-neighbourhood-panels/
Other panels are planned in the rest of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent over the coming months. The panels will be made up of residents, local councillors and magistrates and will meet regularly with their area’s local policing commander. They will influence local policing and community safety, scrutinise the work done by police in the area, give feedback to their community and examine the impact of community resolutions and restorative justice where they live.
Mr Ellis said: “Police in Staffordshire already undergo the toughest scrutiny ever through the independent ETAP which has shone the spotlight on key areas like crime recording and complements the rigorous performance management from my office.
“This approach will be extended through the first Safer Neighbourhood Panels which will see local people putting policing under the microscope in their communities.
“It is a real opportunity for local people to play a part in holding all responsible for policing their area to account and I’d urge residents to get involved.
“The panels will act as a sounding board for how policing works and make communities better connected than at any time before.”
Panels will be co-ordinated by the local council in each area but have the freedom to decide how they operate according to local needs.
Councillor Mike Holder, Portfolio Leader for Crime and Partnerships for Cannock Chase Council, said: “We are pleased that the Cannock Chase District has been selected to be one of the pilot areas for Safer Neighbourhood Panels and we will work alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner in setting things up.”
Chief Constable Jane Sawyers, from Staffordshire Police, added: “We welcome the scrutiny of Staffordshire Police's neighbourhood policing through the implementation of Safer Neighbourhood Panels.
"Through the Commissioner’s new panels we will be more open and accountable to local people than ever before and communities are encouraged to get involved to find out how we're policing their local area.
“We're always looking for new ways to be accessible in the communities we serve and these panels will allow local people to help shape how policing is delivered in their area.”
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