Scrutiny Panel members make a positive contribution to the process of Stop and Search within the Hertfordshire community. Their role is to review the Police Force's use of Stop and Search records.
As part of the co-curricular course, you will be taught about the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the Codes of Practice (Code A) and other Stop and Search legislation, as well as the Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme. The co-curricular course also provides you with additional knowledge about Stop and Search, and your rights and current scrutiny processes. You will participate in a mock Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel and are then assessed via role plays.
You are also provided the information regarding how to apply to become a Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel member, for a force area in which you live/work/study.
This co-curricular course provides you with the ability to experience good practice and provides learning in relation to your criminological/legal studies. The experience also introduces you to the positive impact Scrutiny Panel members can have on social change and policy reform within a community.
As part of the co-curricular course, you are given a copy of the application form that is required to be completed in order to apply to become a Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel member. Our dedicated staff ensure that you will receive guidance on completing the application forms. You are then able to use the knowledge that you have obtained from undertaking the course, to then apply to become a Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel member, if you wish to.
If you are successful in your application to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, you will gain valuable experience for your potential employment opportunities, through networking and gaining further transferable skills.
These volunteering positions are an opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge of the legal system, which complements the formal criminological and legal studies.