New Volunteering Opportunities

Keeping Hertfordshire safe is something we all have a stake in and to which we can all make a contribution. 
An exciting opportunity has arisen for you to get involved in one of the volunteering schemes held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire and the Hertfordshire Constabulary; namely the Countywide Community Stop & Search Scrutiny Panel.

Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel Volunteer

In April 2014 the Home Secretary recommended that all police forces introduce the Best use of Stop and Search Scheme in order to achieve greater transparency, community involvement in the use of stop and search powers, and to support a more intelligence-led approach, leading to better outcomes, such as an increase in the stop and search to positive outcome ratio.

As part of the Best Use of Stop and Search, and in accordance with The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) Code of Practice A, the Home Secretary advised that all police forces in England and Wales have the arrangements in place for their Stop and Search records to be scrutinised by the communities they serve.

Working as part of a group, you will be one member of the panel who collectively will undertake dip-sampling activity as part of the scrutiny to ensure that stop and searches carried out by Hertfordshire Constabulary are done so proportionately, legally and ethically and in turn improve public confidence and trust in the way in which Stop and Search is conducted.

For further information on the purpose of the panel, please click on the following link:
Terms of Reference

We are currently looking to recruit 15 new volunteers to represent the Countywide Community Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel, who either live or work within Hertfordshire.  We are keen for the panel to be reflective of Hertfordshire’s demographics and therefore welcome applicants from all communities.

Are you a member of the public who would like to get involved?  If you are prepared to challenge and scrutinise the Stop and Search practices in a professional manner and be a voice of the community, have the ability to effectively communicate and are able to commit some of your time then this could be the ideal volunteering opportunity for you to embark on.

How to Apply

To apply for the role of Countywide Community Stop & Search Scrutiny Panel Volunteer, please read through the volunteer role profile and if you have the right skills and aptitude, please complete an application form, sign and return it to the address below.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview.  There is a requirement to undertake vetting and training to fulfil the role.
Please note the post will require you to attend monthly meetings for 2.5hrs during the day in Hertfordshire, dates will be circulated in advance.  There is an expectation that you will be able to commit to at least six of the twelve meetings held per year.  In promoting consistency, we encourage your commitment to the role and in return travel expenses will be reimbursed. Councillors are welcome to apply.
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications received, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is unable to provide feedback for those applicants who are unsuccessful.  Please note the first 100 applications will be considered.

Role profile
Application Form

Send completed forms to:
FAO: Lydia Massey, Policy Officer
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
Harpenden Police Station
15 Vaughan Road

If you would like any further information or have any questions regarding the role, please contact Lydia Massey, Policy Officer on:  01707 806100.