Appointment of Legally Qualified Chairs

Decision

To reappoint nine and appoint 15 new Legally Qualified Chairs(LQC)

Decision Summary

With effect from 1 January 2016, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were required to nominate persons to serve as LQCs of Police Misconduct Panels under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 (the “Regulations”). LQCs sit on Misconduct Panels with a member of a police force, of at least the rank of superintendent, and an Independent Member selected by the appropriate authority.

Under the Regulations, Police and Crime Commissioners are currently responsible for recruiting, nominating, appointing and maintaining the list of LQCs. The Eastern Region Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioners (OPCCs) (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk), ran a regional recruitment exercise in 2015 to appoint a pool of LQCs for the Region.   This resulted in 17 LQCs being appointed for a four year term, with the option of extending the term for a further four year period. (See Decision Notice CPCC 2015-014).

In July 2019, the OPCCs determined that nine of the existing 13 LQCs should be recommended for re-appointment for a four year terms. The names of these LQCs are given in the attached report.

In August 2019 a recruitment exercise for new LQCs was undertaken. This resulted in 15 new LQCs being recommended for appointment. The names of these LQCs are given in the attached report.