Safer Neighbourhood Panels, set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner, are
made up of local residents, local councillors and magistrates who meet regularly with their area’s local policing commander.
The panels shape local policing and community safety and shine the spotlight on the work done by police in their area to ensure greater transparency and help build public confidence. They examine the impact of policing, community resolutions and restorative justice, on their communities.
Panel members receive training to help them carry out their role so that they can be involved in innovative work such as examining body camera footage captured during “stop and searches” by local officers.
Panels are established in Cannock Chase, Staffordshire Moorlands, South Staffordshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Lichfield, Stafford, Tamworth, East Staffordshire and the three local policing team areas of Stoke-on-Trent. They are co-ordinated by the local council in each area but have the freedom to decide how they operate according to local needs.
Safer Neighbourhood Panels give local people the opportunity to hold policing in their area to account.
You can view panels’ previous meeting minutes here and you can read more about the work of Safer Neighbourhood Panels in our news section.
An application form for each local panel area is below:
You can also express your interest in applying by emailing Victoria.Farrar@staffordshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk – please read our information sheet before applying.