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Independent Chair – Independent Ethics Advisory Board
Closing date for applications is 9am Monday 3rd October
The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police wish to enhance and embed an exemplary ethical culture within North Yorkshire Police, where integrity, impartiality, transparency and public service are at the core of all decisions and actions.
The Commissioner and Chief Constable recognise that police legitimacy comes from transparent, honest, fair and respectful treatment of the public. To enhance public trust and confidence in North Yorkshire Police requires every officer and member of staff to consider their ethical behaviour in every interaction.
The Commissioner and Chief Constable also recognise that an ethical tenor across the organisation helps to create a motivated, inclusive workforce who feel valued and either exemplify or strive to meet and where possible exceed our values and standards, who know that they are respected by the organisation and recognise that it is driven by fair organisational justice.
The Code of Ethics forms a central part of policing’s approach to ethical behaviour. However, the Commissioner and Chief Constable acknowledge that to truly embed ethics at the heart of every decision and action, requires a further step change for every individual and for the organisation.
The Independent Ethics Advisory Board will provide guidance, support and challenge to the Commissioner and Chief Constable as they seek to attain beacon status in terms of embedding an ethical and values-driven culture. The IEAB will help resolve ethical dilemmas and provide advice and guidance, signalling where a new or different course may need to be taken to ensure that standards match our ambition. The fresh perspective of our IEAB and its independence of mind, coupled with delivery of its messages to us with absolute candour, will benefit us immensely.
The Independent Ethics Advisory Board will provide independent advice and guidance to the Commissioner and Chief Constable regarding ethical issues and in so doing, enhance trust and confidence in the ethical governance and actions of the organisation. The IEAB will support the Commissioner and Chief Constable to:
· Promote the highest standards of ethical conduct.
· Provide a focus for education into ethical issues.
· Provide a source of support to others.
· Advise on compliance with organisational values, practice and behaviours.
Role of the Independent Chair:
The Independent Chair will lead the IEAB, taking leadership of board meetings to ensure that all considerations needed are made by panel members in relation to ethical issues within policing. The Chair will also work with the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to highlight good practice and making recommendations to the police and partner agencies. They will also be responsible for ensuring that meetings adhere to the Terms of Reference set out. The Chair is also responsible for conducting an annual review of the effectiveness of the IEAB, produce an annual report on the Panel’s business and findings, and recommend amendments to the Panel’s Terms of Reference where appropriate. The Chair will need to be able to offer written feedback concisely, question and challenge established practice where necessary, weigh up issues and make balanced, reasonable, and proportionate judgements. In addition, the Chair will establish and maintain good working relationships with a wide range of people including members of the OPFCC, North Yorkshire Police and other partner agencies.
Members of the Independent Ethics Advisory Board must be independent of North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, enableNY and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
Serving (or previously serving) police officers, police staff, fire fighters or staff, enableNY staff, anyone employed in any Police (Fire) and Crime Commissioner Office (or equivalent) or an employee of a council which is represented on the Police, Fire and Crime Panel are not eligible for appointment to the Board. Volunteers serving for any of those organisations will not normally be eligible for appointment, but please seek guidance if you fit that category.
Political activity in itself is no bar to appointment. However, candidates will be asked to declare any significant political activity (which includes holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election) which they have undertaken in the last five years. This information will only be provided to the recruitment panel for those applicants selected for interview. For your information, details of the successful candidates declared political activity will be published. There will be an ongoing obligation to all political restrictions.
Before an appointment to the IEAB is confirmed, candidates will be required to undergo the relevant level of vetting associated with this role. (Candidates should note that all arrests, convictions and cautions must be declared on the vetting form whether or not they are “spent” under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act).
It is expected that meetings may take place online and in future it is likely that meetings will be of a blended format of some attending in person, some virtually. If meetings are held in person, then they will normally take place within the North Yorkshire Police or OPFCC estate including Northallerton, York or Harrogate.
Further information, including details of eligibility and selection, frequency of meetings, expenses and role specification can be viewed within our detailed recruitment pack Recruitment Pack.pdf
For more information and how to apply:
Police Practice Community Review Group – Stop and Search and Use of Force
If you are interested in local policing and care about the safety and protection of your local community, this could be the volunteering role for you.
In North Yorkshire there are a number of volunteers who help the Commissioner and Chief Constable scrutinise and support local policing, looking into all different elements of policing and this new group requires a cross section of the community to get involved.
The Police Practice Community Review Groups will be focussing on the use of Stop and Search and Use of Force, both issues which have draw local and national attention recently. As a volunteer you will help review and feedback to the Commissioner and Chief Constable on local policing practices, in turn making sure policing improves in your community and there is greater legitimacy in policing in North Yorkshire.
Volunteers for this group can come from all sections of the community – parents, business people, community representatives, young people and many others too. You should be committed and interested and prepared to attend quarterly meetings, and keen to learn and understand how policing is undertaken, the legislation surrounding policing practice and able to provide clear views and feedback. The review groups will assess and provide feedback on the appropriate use of these powers, identifying good practice and areas for learning, making referrals and recommendations to single county-wide Stop and Search and Use of Force Scrutiny Panel.
The Police Practice Community Review Groups more generally will support the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in building transparency of and public confidence in, how North Yorkshire Police work in local areas, with a specific focus on stop and search and use of force powers. These are parts of policing which have drawn local and national scrutiny, and the Commissioner is keen to ensure local people have a say in policing practices in their community.
For more information, an informal discussion or to apply:
- please all our office on 01423 569 562
- or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent Custody Visitors
North Yorkshire Police Fire & Crime Commissioner, has responsibility for a team of ‘Independent Custody Visitors, a team of volunteers who make unannounced visits to police stations in North Yorkshire. They speak with people detained in custody, check their welfare and the conditions in which they are being held and submit reports on their visits.
Independent custody visiting is a vital element of the work of the Office of the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner in ensuring that the police service is open and accountable to the people it serves. The scheme works to Home Office guidelines.
Independent Custody Visitors are an important part of holding policing to account locally. If you are interested in helping your community and want to volunteer, please consider this unique role.
The Commissioner is currently recruiting volunteers for the Scarborough, area.
Find out more about this role and how to apply
For more information or an informal discussion:
- please all our office on 01423 569 562
- or email email@example.com
Community Support Officer
Often referred to as the eyes and ears of the police on the streets, PCSOs work out in the community, tackling local issues, dealing with anti-social behaviour, engaging with different groups of people and generally supporting police work.
It’s a varied role, and one that requires a genuine interest in helping other people. Community engagement is a big part of the role, so we’re looking for recruits who have a genuine interest in helping other people, and who are good at building relationships.
As a PCSO you will deal with lots of individuals, groups and organisations, so you need great communication skills and the ability to appreciate different perspectives. Come with an open mind!
On-call (retained) firefighter recruitment
On-call firefighters are trained firefighters who, rather than being based at a fire station, provide on-call cover from home and/or their place of work. They declare the periods in a week when they are available to respond to emergencies if called upon.
They respond to emergencies when their pager alerts them, so must work and/or live within approximately four minutes travel time from the fire station as they travel from that location to the fire station, where they then travel to the emergency in a fire service vehicle.