New volunteers are wanted to help scrutinise Hertfordshire Constabulary on the use of force and use of stop and search powers.

External scrutiny is an important part of police legitimacy and enables Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd to hold the Chief Constable to account.

It opens police practices to communities for closer examination, with a view to them providing constructive oversight, discussion, and challenge.

A number of volunteer positions are available on the nationally recognised Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel, Use of Force Scrutiny Panel, the Body Worn Video Panel, and Independent Custody Visitor Scheme.

The roles include examining police officer records to determine if the correct procedures have been followed and best practice applied.

The Herts Commissioner particularly welcomes applications from young people, those from the county's diverse communities, and those who have lived experience of the police and criminal justice system.


If you are interested in any of the volunteering roles, the virtual drop is on October 31 from 2pm-3pm and November 2 from 6pm-7pm to learn more and meet some of the existing volunteers.

Free invites for the event can be obtained at

The application pack can be found on the Commissioner’s website at

The roles have different role profiles and eligibility requirements.

Scrutiny Panel member roles must be aged at least 16 and must live, work or study in Hertfordshire. If you are 16 or 17, then you will need a parent or guardian’s permission.

These roles do not require vetting.

Panel members attend regular meetings to participate in scrutiny work, reviewing records, statements and body worn video footage in either a group or a pair.

Custody Visitor roles are for those age 18 or over. Volunteers must live in Hertfordshire and been a UK resident for at least three years and the roles are subject to police vetting.

Visitors work in pairs to make unannounced visits to Hertfordshire’s Custody Suites on a rota basis to undertake welfare checks on detainees.

All Scrutiny Panel members and Custody Visitor Scheme members receive comprehensive initial training and ongoing support to fulfil their role and are offered the chance to go on a police ride along.

In exchange for your time, successful applicants will be reimbursed for travel expenses and gain transferable skills to enhance their CV, including team working, analytical and communication skills.