Call for finance expert to join police scrutiny panel

A new panel to scrutinise policing in Lichfield and Burntwood is looking for someone with a financial background to its number.

Staffordshire Police’s Ethics, Transparency and Audit Panel (ETAP) was launched by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis and sees its ten members examining the work of the force.

But the group now needs a finance expert to take a lead on issues of financial reporting, internal audit and external audit and wants people with a finance background to apply.

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis

Mr Ellis said: “Honest and independent scrutiny by the public is crucial as we strive to set the bar higher and create a new dawn of transparency in policing.

“This is about being open and transparent so that public confidence across policing and criminal justice is improved.

“This panel has used its wide-ranging and rigorous powers to scrutinise crime recording, forensics, Taser use, and stop and search to make sure decisions made by the police are correct and in the best interests of the public.

“We’re looking for more members of the public with financial expertise to step forward and get involved in this vital work.”

Those interested should have a professional financial qualification, experience of operating at or near a director level in a private sector or public body, and a knowledge and understanding of public accounting and governance requirements.

Application forms are available online and must be returned by November 20.

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