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Help shape Police and Fire services in your area

The Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office (SCO) is looking for local people with accountancy skills to join a panel which supports the continuous improvement of the Police and Fire service.

The Ethics, Transparency and Audit Panel (ETAP) is made up of residents from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent who examine Policing, and Fire & Rescue, to strengthen public scrutiny.

The panel oversees the governance arrangements of the SCO, the Police, and Fire & Rescue, and is the statutory Audit Committee for all three organisations.

Successful ETAP applicants will have:

  • An accountancy qualification
  • An interest in public service and community safety
  • Availability on approximately one day over a month – an allowance will be paid
  • Experience of working with senior management, along with the skill of reporting writing and use of Microsoft office

Panel members can bring fresh ideas, help raise local concerns and suggest solutions to problems. They also act as advocates, sharing their experiences of working with the local Police and Fire service within their own neighbourhoods.

Working as part of a team, they are able to meet new people and share their skills. Full training is given for the role, potentially helping to boost career opportunities.

Jane King, an ETAP member since 2017, said: ‘I have enjoyed being part of a team which provides real scrutiny of our local Police Force and Fire and Rescue service. In our ethics and transparency work, we carry out reviews and provide feedback to promote best practice and high standards in public life. I feel that, as a member of ETAP, I am making a real contribution to building public confidence locally in the work of our Police and Fire services here in Staffordshire.’

For more information about the ETAP role, and how to apply, visit: Ethics, Transparency and Audit Panel – Staffordshire Commissioner (staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk)


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