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Professional and Ethical Standards Panel

The Professional and Ethical Standards Panel helps to ensure that Thames Valley Police has clear ethical standards and aspires to, and achieves, the highest levels of integrity and professional standards of service delivery.

The Panel provides an independent forum that monitors and encourages constructive challenge over the way complaints and integrity and ethics issues are handled by the Force and overseen by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel is made up of 8 independent volunteers in total.

The minutes of the meetings, together with separate summary report, are presented to the Police and Crime Commissioner at the Performance and Accountability meetings.

To address how the PCC discharges his duty to hold the Chief Constable to account for ensuring he has appropriate processes in place for dealing with complaints and conduct matters, the PCC and Chief Constable have agreed that members of the Joint Independent Audit Committee (JIAC) may attend panel meetings.  This will allow JIAC members to observe proceedings and obtain assurance, as appropriate, for reporting back to the PCC and Chief Constable whether the Panel's overview arrangements are working as intended, and are adequate and effective.