Applications to become part of an independent committee to scrutinise ethical standards in policing close on Friday 25 April.
Greater Manchester is to be one of the first areas in the country to have a policing Ethics Committee.
It has been set up by the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, and Greater Manchester Police’s Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy.
The committee will focus on the challenges and issues faced by police from an ethical perspective, to help build trust and public confidence, encourage public debate in the complex area of police ethics, and encourage greater public scrutiny of police operations.
“With the deadline fast approaching, I’d like to encourage those who believe they have something to offer to get their application in. We’re looking to recruit the highest possible calibre of individuals drawn from across Greater Manchester with a deep-understanding of the issues facing the police and local people, in order to continue to develop greater transparency and trust in the police within the community.
“Fostering the public’s trust in the police has been one of my main priorities since taking office in 2012. By having an ethics committee, myself and the Chief Constable are making an explicit and public commitment to transparent, ethical policing in Greater Manchester that will be subjected to rigorous independent scrutiny.” Tony Lloyd
Sir Peter added: “I totally support this development. For too long policing has been prepared to operate in a grey area on the argument that the end justifies the means. Things have happened in the past where officers carried out activity in the political or social environment at the time which are now being robustly challenged.
“An ethics committee will give those working in policing an independent forum where they can bring issues of policy or practise which cause them ethical dilemmas and where they believe what they are being asked to do is not ‘the right thing’.”
The establishment of the committee is part of a programme of measures to improve confidence in policing in Greater Manchester. They include:
- An independent panel to scrutinise GMP’s approach to policing demonstrations and protests.
- Significant improvements to GMP’s complaints process, making it much easier for members of the public to raise concerns and speeding up the resolution complaints, in particular less serious complaints which in the past have taken a disproportionately long time to resolve. GMP introduced this new, streamlined process in 2012 and it is already reaping benefits as minor complaints can be dealt with in a much more effective way than the overly bureaucratic and complicated process imposed by central government.
- Later this year an independent complaints ombudsman will be recruited to oversee complaints in Greater Manchester. All of these measures aim to be of benefit to both individual police officers, members of police staff and complainants themselves – and the wider police service and public in Greater Manchester.
Applications for the Ethics Committee are set to close on 25th April, with the committee expected to be operational by June.
Candidates are requested to send a CV, along with a covering letter outlining their suitability for the role, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information, including details of how often the committee will meet, the application process and remuneration, is available at www.gmpcc.org.uk/ethicscommittee.