Message from Neighbourhood Watch

Dear Watch Member,

People interested in reviewing how the Hertfordshire Police use their stop and search powers are being asked to volunteer. The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office is recruiting people from all backgrounds who live or work in Hertfordshire and who want to make a positive contribution to the process of Stop and Search scrutiny.

New members to the panel aged between 18-30 are particularly wanted. The Scrutiny Panel meets six times a year for between two to three hours to discuss, monitor and examine how Hertfordshire Constabulary are carrying out Stop and Search.

Training will be provided and members will be subject to vetting procedures. Members take part in the dip sampling of the Stop Search forms in order to achieve greater transparency in the use of the powers and improve public confidence and trust in how the tactic is used.
They also analyse body worn footage of stop searches and review anonymised records.
Those volunteering for the scheme will play a role in public scrutiny, holding the police to account for the behaviour and develop transferrable skills.

For further information and an application form, please visit the Commissioner’s website:
Applications are now open and the closing date is March 31st 2020. They can be submitted by email to or sent by post to the following address: Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.

Interviews will take place the following month. Half day training will be provided subject to successful vetting clearance.
The panel was set up by the Commissioner in 2015 as part of meeting the requirement of the government’s 2014 Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme that aims to improve trust and confidence in the police.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address:

Terry Morris
Watch Liaison Officer
Tel: 01707 355815

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