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Scrutiny panel volunteers

The role of a volunteer scrutiny panel member
Scrutiny panel members help the Police and Crime Commissioner to check that Devon and Cornwall Police is working well. The findings of each panel can help inform the Police and Crime Commissioner's discussions with the Chief Constable and can influence the decisions that the commissioner makes.

The Police and Crime Commissioner has two types of scrutiny panels. One type is formed by members of the public, and one type is formed by representatives from specialist agencies (e.g. Magistrates' Courts, the Crown Prosecution Service and Youth Offending Teams).

Scrutiny panels check and challenge issues and report their findings so that the wider public can have confidence in their police force.

Requirements, contribution, and selection of roles
Scrutiny panel members have to attend training and regular formal meetings throughout each year (between 4 and 8 meetings). Panel members also need to read information ahead of meetings, and help create certain documents such as terms of references for scrutiny reviews.

Panel members are recruited as and when a vacancy on a panel arises. When recruiting members of the public to a panel an application pack will be available on our recruitment pages. When a vacancy on a panel becomes available for a specialist organisation, it is for that orgaisation to select its own representative to join the group.

Further information
To find out more about the Police and Crime Commissioner's scrutiny panels please visit our scrutiny webpages.