Integrity sits at the heart of good policing.
To help build trust and public confidence, an independent policing ethics committee – the first of its type in the country – will advise Greater Manchester’s Mayor and Police & Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, and Greater Manchester Police on the complex dilemmas that policing faces in the modern world.
The committee has been given a wide remit, with GMP pledging to give access to the service’s systems and people.
The committee will decide which issues it wants to consider, as well has having issues referred in by both GMP and Tony. Members of the public will also be able to raise issues with the committee – although it will not be able to consider individual complaints about police.
The committee will consider both broad thematic issues – such as discrimination and surveillance – and practical day-to-day issues, such as the police officer use of body-worn cameras.
Professional ethics is far broader than integrity alone. It incorporates the requirement to give an account of one’s judgments, acts and omissions. In simple terms, it is not only about doing the right deed but also about doing it for the right reason.
By having an ethics committee, Tony Lloyd and Chief Constable Ian Hopkins are making an explicit and public commitment to transparent, ethical policing in Greater Manchester that is subjected to rigorous independent scrutiny.
Bishop of Manchester, Rt Revd David Walker
Bishop David Walker was enthroned as Bishop of Manchester in November 2013, which marked his return to his home city of Manchester. Bishop David has campaigned on social justice issues for many years, taking a particular interest in social housing. He has served on the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Panel for the College of Policing. Bishop David chairs the committee.
Ruth is a retired former police officer who has lived in Manchester for more than 20 years. She is a former Assistant Chief Constable at Cheshire Police and previously served in North Wales. She has significant experience in diversity and community cohesion issues.
Paul Horrocks DL
Paul is the former editor of the Manchester Evening News. As one of the country’s most experienced regional newspaper editors, Paul was a leading figure in the Society of Editors and sat, for four years, on the industry’s regulator, the Press Complaints Commission. He has been involved in the appointments process for that body’s successor, the Independent Press Standards Organisation. He is also the former chair of Bury’s NHS Primary Care Trust.
David is an independent consultant specialising in Holocaust education and commemoration, cultural awareness and diversity training. He has delivered this work in a range of organisations from schools to the police service. Until recently he served as Chair of an Independent Advisory Group for Greater Manchester Police
Dr Ruth Bromley
Dr Bromley is the Lead for Ethics and Law at Manchester Medical School, a Clinical Fellow in Clinical Communication Skills, Ethics & Law at University Hospital South Manchester, and also works as a GP in Wythenshawe. She has taught the practical application of medical ethics for more than 10 years. During this time radically revamped the ethics and law teaching programme at Manchester Medical School to transform it into an engaging and practical programme for medical students. She also chairs the Manchester Medical School Ethics Hub.
Nasir is a criminal defence solicitor who has worked on a number high profile, complex and serious cases where the client has been accused of terrorism. He has engaged with individuals from particular backgrounds who have felt they have been unjustly targeted by police. He has used his experience with faith groups to advise police and develop constructive dialogue between the police service and minority groups.
Sally Lester is HM Assistant Chief Inspector of Probation, where she regularly has to come to considered and impartial judgements after examining organisational policies, processes and decision-making. She has also managed projects to improve and develop the criminal justice systems in a range of jurisdictions in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. From September, she will be Head of Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements and the Violent and Sexual Offender Register at the National Offender Management Service.
Catherine has extensive experience in healthcare regulation and chairs hearings at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (formerly the GMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council, deciding whether practitioners can continue in unrestricted practice in the light of allegations about their conduct and performance. She also acts as a lay advisor for organisations training doctors and dentists. She works part time for a Stockport based environmental consultancy and has previously worked in higher education and in store management with M&S. Catherine is a school governor, Chair of Trustees for a Stockport charity and has recently been appointed as a magistrate.
Dr Shaid Mushtaq
Dr Mushtaq is a director of two businesses which seek to provide education and training programmes to the residents of Oldham, where he lives. He is actively involved in community work and projects in Oldham aimed at building community cohesion. He is a member of GMP’s independent advisory group in Oldham and sits on the executive committee of the Oldham Race Equality Partnership.
Sean manages a pupil referral unit in Manchester, where his work is divided between working directly with young people and developing the service provided. He is active in his community, acting as treasurer and coach at the Ardwick Amateur Boxing Club, where he has successfully diverted young people away from criminal activities, and encouraged young people – particularly from the Irish Traveller community – into education
Dr Peter Joyce
Dr Joyce is a principal lecturer in criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has published numerous books and articles on policing and the criminal justice system and has provided expert input to GMP’s professional standards branch regarding the development of the Ethics Committee.
Cym is the Chief Executive of Arawak Walton Housing Association, which specialises in meeting the complex housing needs of black and ethnic minority communities. Cym also chairs BMENational, a collective of more than 60 BME housing associations in England and is a member of the advisory group for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s research into housing and poverty.
The members have been appointed for an initial two-year term. They will receive an allowance of £1,000, and an attendance allowance of £211.50 per day or £104.50 per half day. This allowance is in line with Home Office guidance.
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