Police commissioner sets up Thames Valley complaints and ethics panel

Published: 10 Jan 2014 17:401 comment

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld is planning to set up the Thames Valley Police’s first complaints and ethics panel.

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The move comes in response to a number of well publicised incidents involving the police and public and including this week’s Mark Duggan inquest verdict in London.

Mr Stansfeld is looking for volunteers from the public to sit on the panel and is calling on people from across the Thames Valley to take part.

The panel, comprising independent volunteers, will provide a “transparent” forum which monitors and encourages constructive challenge over the way complaints, integrity and ethics issues are handled by Thames Valley Police and overseen by the commissioner himself.

Mr Stansfeld said: “Due to the current national concerns over police integrity there is now an accepted need for the development of a robust, independent and transparent system to be established.

“I have decided to set up this panel to ensure that integrity and ethical issues are prioritised in order to maintain public confidence in policing.”

Anybody interested in becoming a member of the Complaints, Integrity and Ethics Panel can find out more, including details on eligibility, by visiting www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk or calling 01865 846782.

Applications close at midday on Friday, January 31.

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