Getting involved

Our meetings  are usually held held in public and you are welcome to attend to either observe or participate in Public Question Time. The Panel usually meets at The Deane House, Somerset West and Taunton Council but due to Covid 19 restrictions, meetings will be conducted in a manner that will comply with the relevant statutory regulations relating to the conduct of “remote meetings”. In this respect, meetings will currently be conducted virtually between Panel Members and officers from the Host Authority and Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. A facility will be put in place to allow members of the public and press to observe the meeting, details of which will be made available online prior to the commencement of the meeting.

If wish to “attend” a meeting to observe proceedings, please email PLJones@somerset.gov.uk to register your interest. Details on how to join the “remote meeting” for observation purposes will be circulated to those who have registered prior to the meeting commencing.

Public Question Time
At each meeting of the Panel there is an opportunity for members of the public to submit a statement or ask questions about the Panel’s role in holding the Police and Crime Commissioner to account. The Panel’s statutory responsibilities are set down in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. Before submitting a statement or question please read our Public Information Sheet.

Anyone wishing to make a statement or put a question to the Panel is asked to note the following

  1. Questions or statements must relate to the Panel’s role and responsibilities (the Police and Crime Commissioner has separate arrangements for dialogue with the public).
  2. They must be put in writing via post, email or the online form below. Statement must be received by 12 noon the working day before the meeting. Questions must be received 3 clear working days before the meeting.
  3. An address and/or contact telephone number must be provided.
  4. A maximum of 30 minutes is allowed for Public Question Time and the Chair will manage this part of the meeting subject to other business.
  5. Statements and questions must be directed to the Chair. Speakers may not take direct part in the debate unless invited by the Chair to do so.
  6. Questions should not be defamatory, frivolous or vexatious or require the disclosure of confidential or exempt information.

We will aim to answer questions which are submitted on time at the meeting. If this is not possible, a response will normally be provided in writing within 5 working days of the meeting.