Ethics, Transparency and Audit Panel

The Ethics, Transparency and Audit Panel (ETAP) was launched under the “New Dawn of Transparency” agenda by Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis.

Launched in 2013 ETAP aims and works towards making policing in Staffordshire the most open and transparent in the country. The panel is made up of residents from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, who examine local policing to strengthen public scrutiny.

ETAP members receive training, meet regularly and produce detailed reports on findings to support the PCC in his oversight of policing. Examples of work ETAP have examined includes an audit of senior officers expense claims, a review of complaints and misconduct dismissals within Staffordshire Police and how officers deal with mental health incidents.

Their formal statutory duties also requires them to scrutinise internal and external audit reports and review the annual accounts of both Staffordshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The work of ETAP has received national recognition including praise from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

People across the county are being invited to apply to join the independent panel – with ETAP particularly keen to hear from qualified accountants to help with the scrutiny of public finances.

For more details, please contact Jean Cass on 01785 232453 or on


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