PEOPLE are being invited to play a key role in reducing crime and improving community safety.

Following the election of Ron Hogg as County Durham and Darlington’s first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in 2012, the Police and Crime Panel was established to provide an independent voice on the commissioner’s plans and decisions.

It is looking for two members of the public from Darlington and County Durham to join it from November to April 2017.

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The role of panel members is important and can be demanding – with the typical commitment expected to average one day a month, including preparation time.

Panel members will receive all appropriate training and can claim reasonable travel expenses. Meetings are usually held during normal working hours at locations in County Durham and Darlington.

Application forms are available from Durham County Council’s Legal and Democratic Services on 03000-269702, via or by writing to Ian Croft, Senior Committee Services Officer, Legal and Democratic Services, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL. The closing date for applications is September 5.