THE CREATION of a new panel to scrutinise the work of police officers is a step closer in Avon and Somerset.

The force’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, who pledged during her campaign to make policing more transparent, has opened applications for a volunteer panel to look at complaints and highlight good practice.

Anyone aged 18 or over and living or working in the Avon and Somerset area can apply to be part of the committee.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "I am really pleased to be able to offer opportunities for people to be involved in policing. I feel very privileged to hold the role of Police and Crime Commissioner but I cannot do it alone. "I need to hear from people who are passionate about improving policing, who have links with the community and a wide range of views. I look forward to reading the applications and working with the volunteers."

The selected volunteers will be required to take part in quarterly meetings during office hours to review police complaint files, highlight where policing is working consistently to extend good practice and submit reports to the Police and Crime Commissioner. They will be trained and receive travel expenses.

The closing date for applications is March 20. For more information visit