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Independent Panel Members

Independent Panel members play an important role in upholding the high standards of behaviour and conduct in policing by taking part in police misconduct hearings.

From May 2024 Chief Officers will have increased powers to terminate the employment of police officers found guilty of gross misconduct. Sitting alongside them on the new format panels will be two Independent Panel Members (IPMs) where previously only one was required.

The IPM role does not require legal expertise but will benefit from people who have experience at a senior leadership level in such areas as complaints, people management and HR.

We are looking for individuals to be a member of Police Misconduct Panels across the North West Region and assist those Panels in coming to fair and evidence-based decisions about a particular officer’s conduct and appropriate outcomes arising from those decisions.

Further, we require individuals to provide an independent and impartial voice on such panels and to provide assurance to the community that conduct matters are treated seriously and that misconduct proceedings are being properly investigated and adjudicated.

In undertaking the role of IPMs, you will be required to always consider the impact of officer misconduct on public confidence in policing, with specific attention to maintaining the public’s trust in the police service’s ability to keep them safe.

Allocation to hearings is rotated to ensure that our pool of IPMs carry out the role in a fair and equitable way.

All IPMs must be willing to travel across the North West Region and attend hearings in Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside and be required to sit at least once a year.

How to Apply
To apply for this role, please complete the application form. Application forms should be completed and submitted via email by 12 noon on Wednesday 10th April 2024 to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire:

IPM Job Description


IPM Application Form

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