The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Ethics Panel is a sub-group of the Commissioner’s Forum and held its inaugural meeting on 14 July 2016. The focus of the group is to inform and advise the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Chief Constable (CC) on ethical issues affecting policing in the county in a transparent and ethical manner.
It consists of no more than seven nominated members of the Commissioner’s Forum (volunteers from various community groups), along with representatives of the OPCC and the Constabulary and has an independent chair with a background and interest in ethics.
The Terms of Reference were agreed by the panel members and its independent chair, with its description being:
“To enhance the public trust and confidence in the ethical governance and actions of Gloucestershire Constabulary and assure that the Constabulary has clear ethical standards and aspires to the highest levels of integrity and service delivery.
To guide and advise the Police and Crime Commissioner in his role of holding to account.”
In order to comply with the aimed for openness and transparency of the group, it was agreed that the meetings will be held in a public, unless a simple majority of members decided that a particular item needed to be discussed in private (for example, a particular file) and meetings from 2018 onwards will be held in a publicly accessible location. Meetings will be held at Police Headquarters (unless advertised otherwise) and notice of the meetings will be placed on the OPCC website a week in advance. Interested parties are able to register their attendance using the form below. Please note that the invitation does not extend to members of the public actively participating in meetings, but rather being able to observe them.
The aim of each meeting is to focus on one of the key Nolan Principles when the Panel will endeavour to undertake a scrutiny of how both the OPCC and Constabulary are meeting the challenge of that particular principle, with key personnel from both OPCC and Constabulary present to be part of the debate and discussion. The results of these discussions will be fed back to the PCC who can, if necessary use it as part of the holding to account process with the Chief Constable.
- Members of the public wishing to attend must register in advance of the meeting and email email@example.com with their name and contact details no later than 24 hours before the date of the meeting. This is to comply with the security requirements of Police Headquarters. A written response will be provided to the email and will be confirmation of your attendance
- No admission to headquarters or the meeting will be given without prior notification of intention to attend
- Members of the public are entitled to observe the meeting but do not have the right to participate in any way. Members of the public are expected to remain silent at all times during the meeting, with all phones and electronic devices switched off. Should a member of the public interfere with or interrupt the running of the hearing, behave in a disorderly/abusive manner, or otherwise act inappropriately (in the view of the chair), they may be excluded from the remainder of the hearing. Should anyone breach these conditions of entry and refuse to leave, they will be ejected if appropriate
- Upon arriving at Headquarters, members of the public will be required to sign in and out when accessing or leaving the building and must comply with all advised procedures, including evacuation procedures, health and safety, near miss or accident reporting, etc.
- Members of the public will be directed by OPCC or Constabulary/security staff whilst present at Headquarters and must abide by those directions. Should a member of the public wish to leave at any point during the hearing, for any reason, they must be escorted by a member of the Constabulary or OPCC staff.
- No photography, film or sound recording is permitted (except for official use/purposes by the OPCC or Constabulary). The use of live, text-based communications, such as a Twitter, may be permitted by the chair on the day, if the chair is satisfied that it does not interfere with the orderly conduct of the meeting
- Members of the public attending meetings are expected to do so at their own expense
- Should the Panel decide the meeting, or a proportion thereof, is to be held in private, members of the public may be asked to leave the meeting in order for that agenda item/meeting to be dealt with in private
- Smoking is strictly prohibited within Headquarters and is only permitted in designated smoking areas legally compliant with the provisions of the Health Act 2006. For security reasons, members of the public are not allowed to use the designated smoking areas but are able to leave the premises to smoke should they wish, although re-admittance to the meeting is dependent on availability of staff to escort them back into the building
- Members of the public with disabilities are welcome to attend and space is set aside for wheelchair users and assistance dogs. Accessible toilets are available. An AV induction loop system is available if required but should a visitor require an interpreter, they must make their own arrangements. Please include any specific reasonable adjustments within your notification to attend
- There is parking available at Headquarters but is limited on a first come, first served basis. When attending, please report to main Reception who will provide directions
- No refreshments (other than drinking water) will be provided to members of the public. It is permissible to take water into the meeting
Date of next meeting: TBC
The next meeting date will be updated one week in advance.
Should you wish to register to attend meetings, please send an email with your name and contact details (should the date/time of the meeting have to be amended) to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not register your interest to attend in advance, you will not be allowed entry to the meeting on the day. This is to comply with the security requirements of the building. Please read the conditions of entry in full, above.