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Independent scrutiny for Beds, Cambs and Herts Joint Protective Services Command – Specialist Operations

22 Sep 2021
  • New independent scrutiny panel for BCH Joint Protective Services

  • Use of force will be reviewed

  • Panel is welcomed by Supt Paul Sandwell

 

Independent scrutiny of the work of the armed policing, roads and dog units from the Joint Protective Services (JPS) command covering Beds, Cambs and Herts is taking place through a new external panel.

Every time an officer has to use force as part of their duties, information is recorded and documented outlining the circumstances, action and reasons. The panel will meet quarterly to review the body worn video, the officers account and all other records providing feedback and highlighting areas of concern and good practice.

Chaired by Montell Neufville, who is the chair of a similar panel in Bedfordshire, the panel has around 21 community members representing the three counties. It has been introduced in line with the recommendations outlined in the HMICFRS report on Disproportionate use of police powers, a spotlight on stop and search and the use of force.

Montell said: “The panel acts as a vital tool to help maintain trust and confidence in the police from all communities covering this wide area. It is recognised that officers sometimes need to use force in the performance of their duties to protect people and property but this force must be justified, reasonable and proportionate.

“The panel, which will help ensure openness and transparency, currently includes a mix of people, both males and females of different age ranges and from various backgrounds.”

JPS Superintendent Paul Sandwell said: “We are committed to improving the way we work and in being open and transparent in relation to use of force, as we know how important it is that our communities have trust in what we do.

“We welcome the introduction of this panel and the benefits it will bring to our working practises and the communities we serve.”

If anyone wants to join the panel or find out any further information please contact Montell Neufville via email at att10tive@gmail.com

 

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