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New member sought for police service scrutiny committee

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright has today announced plans to appoint a new member to the body responsible for reviewing and scrutinising police services.

Sir Graham and Chief Constable Simon Parr are seeking to appoint a new Independent Member of the Joint Audit Committee to help to enhance public trust and confidence in both the Force and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

The Joint Audit Committee provides independent oversight of the Force’s and OPCC’s risk management arrangements, financial performance and governance, scrutinising all audit arrangements and ensuring risk controls are in place.

Both the Commissioner and the Chief Constable are determined to increase confidence in the police service and ensure the public feel safe. The new member will play a critical role in this process, ensuring that a robust framework of risk management is in place and maintaining openness and transparency within both organisations.

Commenting on the new appointment, Sir Graham said: “We want the people of Cambridgeshire to have confidence in their police force and to feel safe. Performance is currently good with overall crime levels continuing to fall and detection rates steadily improving.

“This highly skilled role will contribute significantly to that trust, providing a valuable oversight function to ensure our financial management policies are both effective and efficient and advising us on good governance principles for the benefit of the public.

“In the face of unprecedented financial difficulties, this post will be crucial to helping us negotiate the challenges that lie ahead which is why we are seeking a high-calibre, focussed individual to become part of the team.”

Suitable candidates will be those who have experience of leading, conducting or reviewing audit activity – all of which are essential to the post. Applicants should also be strategic thinkers with the ability to analyse and interpret complex information and offer constructive challenges. Knowledge of the current challenges of local policing would also be a distinct advantage.

The position comes with an allowance of £1,300 per year (based on six days per year) and expenses will be paid. The closing date for applications is July 8 and interviews will be held on July 30.

There are a number of backgrounds which prevent membership of the Joint Audit Committee including former police officers, police and crime commissioners, serving members of the OPCC’s office or the Constabulary and elected or ex local government councillors. For the full list and to download an application pack please visit   or contact Tanya Little on 01954 713931.