Write up of PCP Seventh National Conference

We held our seventh national conference for PCPs on Monday 12 November 2018, at Scarman House, Warwick Conference Centre. Set out below is a summary of the event, although a more detalied write can be found here. 

We wish to thank our main sponsor, Grant Thornton, for their ongoing support for the project and to ADSO (Association of Democratic Services Officers) for sponsoring the workshops.     

We had an exciting programme and was grateful to Councillor Rob Garnham, Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel for chairing our plenarty session. Rob was joined by Sara Thornton, Chair of the National Police Chief's Council and Mark Burns-Williamson, Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commisioners. The theme for the plenary was priorities and pressures; working together. 

We were pleased to be able to include the National Assocaition of Police (Fire) and Crime Panels AGM, into the programme. Whilst the AGM was running we held a series of networking forums and drop in sessions:

  • Combined Authorities and policing
  • Panel Allowances - a drop in session hosted by Declan Hall)
  • Revisiting guidance and comparing ways of working
  • It's about governance - one of a series of national cross sector roundtable discussions, looking at the role of non-executives - #R29, hosted by Dr Tony Breslin

This was complimented by a series thematic policy seminars and practitioner led workshops, with a range of facilitators, in the afternoon: 

  • Neighbourhood Policing - Andy Higgins, Policing Foundation
  • Rethinking Police Demand - Eleanor Covell, Crest Advisory
  • Police Complaints Reforms - Councillor Dr Christopher Kemp and Jo Martin, Norfolk PCP and Diane Parsons, North Yorkshire PCP
  • Modern Slavery - Justeen Currell, Unseen
  • Key findings and conclusions from the national Police ICT user survey 2018 - Bernard Rix, CEO, CoPaCC
  • Role of Panel Member Champion; an alternative model of effective scrutiny - Richard Jarvis, North Wales PCP
  • Becoming a Police, Fire and Crime Panel - John Gili-Ross, Essex PFCP
  • Proactive scrutiny with a focus on rural crime - Caroline Roser, Hampshire PCP
  • The art of balancing; the Support Officer role - John Austin, Chair of ADSO (Association of Democratic Services Officers) and Dave Burn, Frontline Consulting
  • Questioning Skills for Panels' scrutiny - Tim Young, Frontline Consulting

We are grateful to all those who contributed and for attending. Feedback was very positive. 

Published: 22 February 2019

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