Help hold Northamptonshire’s police commissioner to account

Police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds
Police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds

Members of the public can apply to have the chance to hold the police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire Police to account.

Northamptonshire County Council has opened applications for an independent member to join the authority’s police and crime panel.

The police commissioner post – currently occupied by Conservative Adam Simmonds – comes with the responsibility for setting the priorities and resources for policing in the county, including setting an annual budget and the police’s Council Tax precept.

The police and crime panel holds the commissioner to account for the way in which he or she delivers these responsibilities.

Following the recent resignation of one of its two independent members, the county council is seeking to recruit a member of the public to serve alongside councillors from each of the local councils in Northamptonshire.

The new independent panel member will be appointed to serve until April 2016, and will be paid travel and subsistence expenses. Appropriate training for carrying out the role will also be provided.

For further details, including an application pack, contact Kirk Harrison, Democratic Services, Northamptonshire County Council, County Hall, Northampton NN1 1DN.

You can also email or call 01604 367745.

The closing date for submission of applications is Thursday, November 27.