Independent Observer of Protests and Demonstrations
These volunteers will get involved in policing by volunteering to independently observe the policing of protests and demonstrations. The role may involve attending briefings in the lead up to events, attending events themselves as an observer and attending post event briefings.
We currently have a number of experienced and dedicated volunteers who work hard to ensure standards are high and that members of the public are well-serviced. Both the OPCC and David Keane PCC, are very grateful for their continued hard work and service.
David said “Volunteers will gain a unique insight into policing by attending major protests or demonstrations to observe police activity and interaction with both demonstrators and the public. This is crucial to ensure that the public has a voice in policing and that both the public and I can be confident in the integrity of our police service. The Independent Observers will act as ‘critical friends’ providing me with feedback on the police response to protests which will assist in holding the Chief Constable to account and help to maintain and enhance trust and confidence in policing.”
Chris Uppham, Independent Observer of Protests and Demonstrations, said: “I’m a retired police officer and I use my expertise to ensure serving police officers are treating protestors and demonstrators fairly, from the initial planning stage of large police operations to on the day itself. The Independent Observers are a critical friend to the PCC and give the commissioner regular feedback on how officers can improve how they manage protests and demonstrations.”
PCC David Keane and Chris Upham explain more about the Independent Observer volunteer scheme in the video below:
If you are interested in becoming an Independent Observer of Protests and Demonstrations, please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01606 364000 or send an email.