Emily Spurrell is seeking to appoint two independent members to sit on her Scrutiny Panel.

The Commissioner is responsible for ensuring that the 1.5 million people of Merseyside are served by an efficient and effective police force.  Merseyside Police, has a budget of £370m and more than 6,000 police officer and staff, led by the Chief Constable, Serena Kennedy.

These new roles will support the Commissioner in the delivery of her statutory responsibility of holding the Chief Constable to account. The Scrutiny Panel members will help the Commissioner engage and represent the communities of Merseyside and support her in ensuring Merseyside Police delivers an efficient and effective service to the diverse communities across the region.

Scrutiny panel members will be responsible for the activities outlined in the role specification.    

Effective communication skills, the ability to challenge, scrutinise and act as a critical friend across a broad range of policing strands is key. 

Panel members will be required to attend a minimum of three meetings per quarter for briefings and scrutiny panel attendance.  Committee members will be remunerated as follows: -

  • £216.00 full day (sitting of more than 4 hours (excluding meal breaks)
  • £108.00 half day (sitting of less than 4 hours (excluding meal breaks).  Panel members will be reimbursed reasonable expenses including travel and subsistence.

Applicants, must be aged 18 or over, live or work in the Merseyside area and able to attend meetings during the working day.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is fully supportive of diversity, equality and inclusion and is keen to seek panel members representative of the community across Merseyside. They must be independent of both the Force and the Police and Crime Commissioner and will be subject to police vetting procedures.  If this causes concern or could be a barrier to applying, please contact the office to discuss further.

Appropriate training prior to commencement on the panel will be provided.

Role specification

Equality Act 2010

Any candidate who has a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is required to inform us, to ensure that ‘reasonable adjustments’ can be made.  Our policy, at the stage of interview, is that we will ask all candidates whether we need to make any ‘reasonable adjustments’ in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.   


The role will be offered initially for a 12-month period (with potential to renew).

For an informal discussion about the vacancies please contact the Chief Executive, OPCC by email [email protected]

Applicants should submit a CV with a covering letter outlining what knowledge, skills and experience they could bring.  

Applications should be submitted to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 9th December 2022.