Police Misconduct Panel – Legally Qualified Chairs

Body: The Police and Crime Commissioners of Eastern Region
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: Eastern Region
Number of Vacancies: 10-15
Remuneration: Full day ie sittings of more than 4 hours (excluding meal breaks) £366. Half day ie sittings of 4 hours or less (excluding meal breaks) £181.
Time Requirements: Appoximately 20 days a year, with the possibility of doing significantly more.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    12/08/2019

  • Closed for Applications

    08/09/2019

  • Panel Sift

    TBC

  • Final Interview Date

    9th, 10th, 14th, 16th October

  • Announcement

    TBC

Vacancy Description

The Police and Crime Commissioners for the Eastern Region are seeking to recruit 10-15 legally qualified chairs (LQCs) to hear police misconduct hearings from across the region. The successful candidates will preside over hearings involving officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies.
Misconduct Hearing Panels involve serious misconduct cases and are an important aspect of the disciplinary rules that govern the police, helping to ensure public trust and confidence is maintained. Proposed changes to the current regulatory system also mean that Legally Qualified Chairs will take on an increasingly active part in managing proceedings.

Person Specification

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

Satisfaction of the judicial appointment eligibility condition on a five year basis. 
Experience of chairing meetings and ability to exercise control over proceedings. 
Experience of evaluating evidence, or information and making objective, unbiased, thoughtful decisions. 
Experience of report writing, writing up deliberations, decisions or case notes. 

Excellent communication skills.

DESIRABLE CRITERIA

Able to demonstrate previous committee or judicial work or service on a Board or Council.

APPLICANTS WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING QUALITIES AND ABILITIES:

 Intellectual Capacity

o Quickly absorbs and analyses complex information with ease.

o Knowledge of the police disciplinary legislative framework, case-law and underlying principles, or the ability to acquire this knowledge.

 Personal Qualities

o Integrity and independence of mind.

o Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

o Sound judgement.

o Decisiveness.

o Objectivity.

o Learns and develops professionally.

o Maintains up to date knowledge of issues relevant to the role.

An ability to understand and deal fairly

o Shows awareness of equality and diversity issues that may arise in policing.

o Committed to public interest, impartiality and fair treatment.

o Listens with patience and courtesy.

Authority and Communication Skills

o Inspires respect and confidence.

o Questions effectively.

o Engages constructively in debate and challenges others appropriately.

o Excellent oral, written and presentation skills.

Efficiency

o Works at speed, including when under pressure.

o Manages time effectively and produces clear reasoned decisions expeditiously.

o Works constructively with others.

o Makes effective use of technology, including computers, video and telephone conferencing.

Effective Chairing

o Maintains firm and effective control of hearings.

o Explains the procedure and any decisions reached clearly and succinctly to all those involved.

o Maintains authority when challenged.

o Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrating a facilitative, inclusive and enabling manner.

o Excellent drafting skills, with the ability to produce clear, accurate, well-structured determinations

Additional Information

Applications are sought from qualified lawyers who can demonstrate integrity and independence of mind, commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, sound judgement and an objective approach to the issues presented. Successful candidates will be part of a list of 20-25 LQCs who will be selected to sit on hearings across the region. These hearings can last a few days and it is expected that members of the panel will have sufficient availability to undertake this work. Training is provided and attendance is expected from LQCs.
To apply you must satisfy the judicial appointment eligibility condition on a five-year basis as set out in section 50 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.
If you would like to find out more about being a LQC from somebody already in the role, please click here. https://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/legally-qualified-chairs-a-rewarding-challenging-and-intellectually-stimulating-appointment/

If you would like to discuss the role please contact Christopher Jackson at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk on 01473 782770 or anna.parkinson@suffolk.pnn.police.uk.

How to Apply

We are proud to be committed to equal opportunities and welcome qualified applications. To download an application pack please click here. https://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/legally-qualified-chairs-application-pack/

Completed applications should be emailed to suzanne.humphreys@essex.pnn.police.uk or posted to Suzanne Humphreys, Office of the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Essex, CM8 3HB.

The closing date for applications is 8 September 2019.

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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