Police chiefs search for independent member of committee

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Bedfordshire Police chiefs are on the hunt for an additional member of the public to help oversee the delivery of the county’s policing services.

Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins and Chief Constable Colette Paul are looking for an independent member to join their Joint Independent Audit Committee.

Mr Martins said: “This is an important role as members of the committee represent our local communities and I am keen to see applicants from widespread backgrounds apply to help us truly reflect the diversity of our county.

“We are looking for someone with a constructive but challenging approach to ensure that the governance of policing in Bedfordshire is delivered appropriately.

“The job includes responsibilities for overseeing risk management and proper governance arrangements, and working with both the internal and external auditors to support both myself and the Chief Constable in delivering the priorities set out in my Police and Crime Plan, and making sure that our communities are receiving value for money.”

Applicants should have relevant experience of strategic planning, risk and performance management, be able to scrutinise financial information and processes and have knowledge of best practice.

Anyone applying for the role would be expected to have strong leadership skills and previous experience in a senior role that has involved challenge to other senior managers.

The successful candidate will be expected to devote four–six working days per year to the role, for which remuneration and expenses are paid.

The role will commence in March 2014 for a term of office ending in June 2016.

The closing date for applications is January 31 at 5pm. Interviews will take place on Thursday 13 and Friday, February 14.

Application packs can be obtained by telephoning 01234 842066, by emailing pcc@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk or from the Commissioner’s website www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/about-us/vacancies/