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Humberside Police and Crime Panel

Information about the Humberside Police and Crime Panel and its membership.

The role of the Police and Crime Panel

The Police and Crime Panel (PCP)  for the Humberside Police area has been set up to scrutinise, support and challenge the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Following the Police and Crime Commissioner election on 6 May 2021, Jonathan Evison was elected as the commissioner for the Humberside region. Full details of the results for the Humberside Police area can be found on the election results page of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council website.

The Police and Crime Panel has a number of powers and responsibilities, including:

  • Scrutinising the actions and decisions of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)
  • Reviewing the draft Police and Crime Plan to ensure local priorities have been considered
  • Scrutinising and commenting upon the Annual Report of the PCC
  • Reviewing and reporting on the precept proposed by the PCC. The panel has the right to veto the Commissioner’s proposed policing precept (the money collected from Council Tax for policing)
  • Holding confirmation hearings for the proposed appointment of a Chief Constable and senior support staff

For details about the role of the PCC and to access other crime related information visit the Home Office website.

For further details about Jonathan Evison and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside please visit the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office website.

Further information

The four local authorities in the Humberside Police area (East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire) are responsible for establishing and maintaining the PCP.  The Humberside Police and Crime Panel is made up of councillor members from each local authority, and a number of independent members. North Lincolnshire Council is the lead authority for the panel.

Membership and political makeup of the panel

North Lincolnshire Council

Councillor John Davison (Conservative)
Councillor Richard Hannigan (Conservative)

Hull City Council

Councillor Sean Chaytor (Labour) Vice Chair
Councillor Horaldo Herrera-Richmond MA (Labour)
Councillor Linda Tock (Liberal Democrat)

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Councillor Paul Nickerson (Conservative)
Councillor Julie Abraham (Conservative)
Councillor Barnard Gateshill (Conservative)
North East Lincolnshire Council

Councillor Paul Silvester (Conservative)
Councillor Janet Goodwin (Labour)

Independent Co-opted Members

Mrs Susan Whittaker
Mrs Hazel Chase

The Panel does not hold details of any public office for the independent or community co-opted members. Secretariat support for the Panel is currently provided by North Lincolnshire Council. If you wish to contact panel members, please contact Democratic Services at North Lincolnshire Council on policeandcrimepanel@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 297000.

If you would like to submit a question to a panel member to ask in a panel meeting please contact us on policeandcrimepanel@northlincs.gov.uk or call Democratic Services on 01724 297000.Each meeting agenda will have an item on declarations of interest, so that the councillors and independent co-opted members can declare any interests that could conflict with some or all of the business to be discussed at the meeting.

Previous panel meetings

Agendas, reports and minutes for the Humberside Police and Crime Panel from its inception in November 2012 until June 2014 can be viewed on North East Lincolnshire Council website.

A period of up to 30 minutes is made available for questions or statements submitted by members of the public who either live or work within the geographical area covered by the Police and Crime Panel for Humberside (subject to number of individuals present, up to five minutes per speaker at the discretion of the Chairman).

Questions or statements should be addressed to the Chairman of the Police and Crime Panel (PCP).

The PCP is a scrutiny body and exists to scrutinise the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and therefore questions or statements must relate to the role and function of the PCP.

The PCP has the following main responsibilities:

  • The ability to review the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan and Annual Reports
  • Consider the PCC proposed appointment of a Chief Constable, with this panel having the power of veto over the appointment
  • Consider the proposed Council Tax precept to be set by the PCC with the panel having power of veto
  • Review certain senior appointments by the PCC
  • Scrutinise and support the activities of the PCC for Humberside. The police force area includes all four unitary council’s (Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Council)
  • To consider complaints against the PCC of a non criminal nature

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside has agreed that he too will be available to answer questions raised from members of the public at panel meetings.

The deadline for submission of questions is five clear working days before the meeting in order that an appropriate answer to the question can be given.

Questions should be submitted by email to:

policeandcrimepanel@northlincs.gov.uk for the attention of the Head of Democratic Services, or written questions can be sent via post to:

Head of Democratic Services,
Church Square House
30-40 High Street
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN15 6NL

A list of Speakers and Questions will be drawn up in order of receipt and copies of all questions and statements will be circulated to all panel members and will be made available to the public attending the meeting.

If assistance is required in presenting the question (for example, language interpreter) it will be necessary to give at least one week’s notice.

Each member of the public called will have up to five minutes to speak.

The question/statement must be exactly as previously submitted.

Each member of the public asking a question must give his or her name.

Each question shall be put and answered without discussion.

Nobody may submit more than one question or make more than one statement at the same meeting, but a supplementary question may be asked for clarification at the discretion of the Chairman.  There should only be one speaker for each subject.

If after the expiration of the thirty minutes, questions remain unanswered, steps will be taken to forward a written response.

If a member of the public is unable to attend the meeting to ask a question, a written response will be sent.

Questions from Police employees and/or on their employment matters will not be permitted, as there are other avenues to progress these matters.

The Secretary may redirect a question or statement if:

  • He/she feels that insufficient detail has been provided to enable a proper response to be provided.
  • It is not about a matter for which the PCP or PCC has a responsibility
  • It is defamatory, frivolous, offensive or repetitive
  • It is substantially the same as a question which has been put at a meeting of the PCP in the past six months
  • It requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt information

A record will be kept of each question and associated minute in a book open to public inspection (subject to confidential issues). Rejected questions and statements will include reasons for rejection.

Public speaking will only be allowed/administered on a quarterly basis, with a meeting taking place in each unitary council area.

When to make a complaint

If you have a complaint about the Police and Crime Commissioner or the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, you can make the complaint to us, the Police and Crime Panel.

Please do not make a complaint simply because you disagree with something the Commissioner or the Deputy has done. There must be some alleged fault – for example, you may think that they have not followed the proper procedure for taking a decision.

Please be aware that any complaints made alleging criminal conduct on behalf of the Commissioner or the Deputy will be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for investigation.

Where the complaint does not fall within the responsibility of the Police and Crime Panel, for example, if it relates to an issue of policing, the panel will contact you to confirm how the matter will be handled.

How to make a complaint

Members of the public who wish to submit a complaint may send the complaint to the panel on policeandcrimepanel@northlincs.gov.uk or alternatively to:

Head of Democratic Services
North Lincolnshire Council
Church Square House
30-40 High Street
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN15 6NL

For more information please see the Complaints Procedure[PDF, 421Kb]

Allowances

At present, no allowances are paid to any member of the Police and Crime Panel. With regard to councillors who hold appointments yielding enhanced councillor allowances, each of the four local authorities publish information on the allowances paid to councillors on their individual websites:

An exciting opportunity to become a co-opted Independent Member of the Humberside Police and Crime Panel

The Humberside Police and Crime Panel is seeking committed and enthusiastic individuals from Humberside to serve as co-opted independent members from October 2021 for a four-year term. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in and make suggestions for improvement to policing, community safety and crime issues within Humberside.

The elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside is required to consult with the Panel on their plans for policing, as well as the level of council tax precept and, when necessary, the appointment of a Chief Constable. The Panel also maintain a regular check and balance on the performance of the Commissioner, including the responsibility to review non-criminal complaints made against them. Therefore, the ability to be decisive and make well informed, objective judgements is essential.

In delivering their statutory responsibilities the Panel also undertake a programme of proactive scrutiny.  To be successful in the role applicants should have a keen interest in police and crime standards and community safety, the ability to be analytical and have the confidence to scrutinise and offer constructive challenge.

The role of a Panel Member is an important and demanding one. Members are expected to hold high standards of personal integrity at all times and to be respectful of others. The commitment required from a co-opted independent Panel Member will depend upon the work programme approved by the Panel, but typically might average one day a month, including preparation time. Meetings will generally be held during normal office hours and are generally held at the Ergo Connects Centre, Bridge Head Business Park, Hessle but may also be held at varying locations throughout the Humberside policing area. Panel members will be able to claim reasonable travelling expenses and will receive an induction and other appropriate training.

The Panel wishes to reflect the breadth of communities in Humberside and welcomes applications from anyone eligible to be considered.

Applications from people with experience (in a paid or unpaid role) in community safety, victim support, criminal justice and related issues will be particularly welcomed.

A Guide to Independent Co-opted Member [PDF, 246Kb]

Background Information on the Police and Crime Panel [PDF, 87Kb]

Independent Co-opted Member Personal Specification [PDF, 101Kb]

Application Form Independent Co-opted Member [PDF, 269Kb]

Contact

policeandcrimepanel@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 297000

Service Manager: Democracy
Church Square House
30-40 High Street
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN15 6NL

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