Hertfordshire's police and crime commissioner appeals for force watchdogs
Hertfordshire's police and crime commissioner is asking for volunteers to help police the county's constabulary.
David Lloyd needs members of the public to scrutinise officers' implementation of 'stop and search' and 'use of force' powers. Recruits will examine real-life cases where the tactics have been used and decide if the rules were correctly followed.
Additional, independent custody visitors are also required to monitor conditions for those held in police cells and ensure their rights, wellbeing and health are safeguarded.
The watchdogs carry out unannounced visits to Hertfordshire Constabulary's two custody suites, in Hatfield and Stevenage, during the day or at night, seven days a week.
Mr Lloyd said: "Keeping Hertfordshire safe is something we all have a stake in and to which we can all contribute.
"More than 40% of the county's residents regularly lend their time to support others. I want to build on this excellent record of civic participation and explore how we can draw on the skills, energy and commitment of the public – whether that be individuals, organisations or local businesses – to make things better."
His office is holding an online volunteer recruitment webinar on Tuesday January 18 from 7pm to 8.30pm. The presentation will include current volunteers talking about their roles and responsibilities, and a chance to ask them questions.
Register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.