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The Policing Board appoints independent members to PCSPs and DPCSPs and they are in post until the day before the reconstitution date of the new PCSP following the next local government election.  The Board assists the council selection panels, made up of 2-4 Councillors and an independent panel member, to shortlist applications against the essential criteria and prepare a shortlist of candidates for interview.

Following the interview, each Council nominates individuals considered suitable for appointment. This information is forwarded to the Board for consideration to ensure, in so far as practicable, that those appointed as independent members of PCSPs/DPCSPs, taken together with elected members, are representative of the community in the council/DPCSP area.

The Policing Board appointed 118 independent members to fill positions on 11 PCSPs / DPCSPs in 2015.

The breakdown of appointees is as follows:

58 (49%) appointments were made to candidates from a Catholic community background
49 (42%) appointments were made to candidates from a Protestant community background
11 (9%) appointments were made to candidates from other / no community background
45 (38%) appointments were made to candidates who were male
73 (62%) appointments were made to candidates who were female
17 (15%) appointments were made to candidates who were aged 18 - 25
19 (16%) appointments were made to candidates who were aged 26 - 40
58 (49%) appointments were made to candidates who were aged 41 - 60
24 (20%) appointments were made to candidates who were aged 61 and over
10 (8%) appointments were made to candidates who stated they had a disability
4 (3%) appointments were made to candidates from ethnic minorities
6 (5%) appointments were made to candidates who describe themselves as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual
49 (42%) appointments were made to candidates who declared their participation in some form of political party activity on their application form

* Figures correct at 31 July 2015

Meetings

PCSPs/DPCSPs meet a number of times throughout the year. Some of these meetings are in public to provide local accountability on policing and community safety initiatives.

Expenses

All Members of PCSPs and DPCSPs receive a meeting expense payment of £60 per meeting for up to a maximum of 20 meetings a year (for Chairs and Vice Chairs this is up to a maximum of 30 meetings a year). Travel and subsistence is also available for all the work throughout the year.

Declaration Against Terrorism

Independent Members are required to sign a declaration against terrorism which requires a person to declare that, if appointed to the PCSP / DPCSP, they will not by word or deed express support for or approval of -

  • (a) any organisation that is for the time being a proscribed organisation specified in Schedule 2 to the Terrorism Act 2000; or
  • (b) acts of terrorism (that is to say, violence for political reasons) connected with Northern Ireland.