What qualities, qualifications, knowledge and experience are required?
Ideally, an applicant for the role of independent misconduct panel member will have experience of professional regulations, tribunals or other legal processes, and of working with disciplinary procedures.
The qualities required of independent misconduct panel members will include strong analytical abilities in order to properly evaluate the evidence being put to them. In addition, self-confidence is essential to bring the required level of independence to the process, and engage constructively with the legally qualified Chair and the senior police officer on the panel. Other attributes include the ability to take a balanced, open minded and objective approach to the issues and to reach evidence based decisions that are robust and will withstand challenge, and the ability to clearly and cogently articulate views, while being receptive to other people’s opinions. Members will have high standards of conduct and ethics and a commitment to fairness and equality. They must be committed to the process and be willing to set aside sufficient time to prepare for and attend hearings.