MEMBERS of the public are being sought to sit on police misconduct panel hearings.

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner is currently recruiting for independent members over the age of 18 for panel hearings across Dorset and Devon & Cornwall Police.

The role involves assisting misconduct panels in determining a fair and evidence-based judgement, engaging constructively with both the legally qualified Chair and the senior police officer present and agreeing an appropriate sanction where necessary.

Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “The statutory requirement to include independent members of the public in the process to determine whether a police officer has fallen short in upholding the expected standards is absolutely integral to maintaining public confidence in policing.

“It aims to provide reassurance to the community that misconduct matters are thoroughly investigated and proceedings properly adjudicated. I encourage anyone with the relevant skills to apply.”

Applicants must have strong analytical abilities in order to properly evaluate evidence and experience of working with disciplinary procedures.

They also need to be able to take a balanced and objective approach and must have sufficient time to prepare for and attend hearings - which typically last two to three days - on an ad hoc basis.

Serving and retired police officers, police staff, special constables and staff of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are excluded from appointment. Independent members must be at least 18 years of age.

The closing date for receipt of applications is February 28. For more information, please go to