Could you join our independent panel to improve transparency within police use of force?
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We are looking for willing volunteers with an interest in the integrity of policing to join our independent use of force scrutiny panel.
Police use of force covers everything from putting handcuffs on people through to drawing a taser, which can all be effective tools to keep communities safe when used correctly.
However, Bedfordshire Police welcomes independent scrutiny in ensuring the rights of the public are protected and upheld at all times.
A recruitment process has now been launched to find new members to help hold the force to account and improve how police use of force is administered in the county.
The use of force scrutiny panel reviews the statistics around how the police use force, for example in different areas across Bedfordshire and on people from different backgrounds.
The panel also reviews randomly selected examples of body worn video where officers have used force, which are then graded and any feedback is passed back on to the officers involved.
Chief Inspector Hob Hoque, Bedfordshire Police's lead for use of force, said: "Our volunteer panel members are a pivotal tool in ensuring transparency, as well as providing a voice for community concerns and to influence police actions.
"I want to encourage applications from all of our communities, including people with lived experience of use of force and stop and search, as well as the younger generation.
"The service will never make significant improvements if service users don’t get engaged – this is your opportunity to get behind the change and make a real difference.
“The recruitment process for new panel members is open and available to everyone aged 16 and over, from all backgrounds and walks of life. We value the experiences that residents from our local communities can bring to improve our service to the public.”
The force's use of force panel is linked to the stop and search community panel, which has been cited nationally as an example of best practice.