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Ethics Committee Member

What is the role?

West Midlands Police (WMP) serves around 2.8 million people, making it the second largest police force in England. WMP has embarked on an ambitious change programme including the creation of a Data Analytics Lab. The Lab has started to provide cutting edge data capabilities and insight into the range of complex issues facing WMP in the context of crime prevention, protecting the public and helping those in need. WMP also leads on certain large national projects, funded by central government and led by WMP.

David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) and WMP recognise the need for independent ethical oversight and advice regarding the Lab’s work. Having already established a committee that has received national and international attention from government bodies, universities, think tanks and mainstream media for its commitment to transparency, robust scrutiny, human rights and leadership on data ethics, we are now recruiting for an additional member with specific expertise in predictive analytics.

For background on the committee’s current members and its work to date please visit: https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/ethics-committee/

This member would contribute to the wider discussion of the committee, but in particular would also help assist the committee’s understanding of predictive modelling and algorithms including around how it works, its effectiveness and reliability and how such models contribute to human discretion in decision making in the real world; in turn helping the committee advise the PCC and WMP Chief Constable on ethical issues in WMP’s data projects.

Who are we looking for?

The PCC seeks applications from individuals with a specific specialism in ‘data science and predictive analytics’ (together with an understanding of general statistical analyses, including Bayesian methods, agent-based simulation, etc.). While an applicant’s experience of predictive modelling need not be specific to law enforcement contexts, they should be able to demonstrate a shared passion for upholding high ethical standards and the promotion of crime prevention and social justice.

What is expected?

Members of the ethics committee would typically be:

  • Appointed for at least one term of three years
  • Expected to attend quarterly meetings (to be held virtually in the medium term), and read data project proposal papers sent in advance. The Ethics Committee may agree to hold additional meetings from time to time. When deciding times and dates of meetings, the Office of the PCC will give due consideration to the personal circumstances of the applicable member to try to avoid choosing times that act as a social barrier to their membership

How to apply?

To apply for a position on the Ethics Committee, please send a cover letter (max. 500 words) explaining why you would like to sit on the committee and your relevant experience and CV to Tom McNeil, Board Member and Strategic Adviser to the Police & Crime Commissioner: t.mcneil@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.   Should you have any questions about the application or recruitment process, please contact Tom on the above email address, who will be happy to assist where possible.

Please include your contact details (i.e. your email address, home address, telephone number etc.)

The deadline for applications is 11:00am Friday 5th June 2020.

We aim to notify candidates if they have been shortlisted by Monday 15th June 2020.

We aim to hold Interviews virtually for shortlisted candidates will on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th July 2020, although the current circumstances surrounding Covid-19 means we may need to revise the shortlist and/or interview date(s).

What else?

The members of the Ethics Committee will not be remunerated. However, the Office of the PCC will support members’ attendance at meetings with the reimbursement of reasonable expenses. In doing so, the PCC wishes to avoid reasonable expenses serving as a social barrier to membership, such as the cost of childcare during meetings where applicable.

Successful applicants will need to be police vetted due to the confidential nature of information and/or data being considered from time to time.

We may also ask for references prior to offering a position on the committee.

Appropriate Adult

Do you care about vulnerable people? Have a natural ability to be at ease and have an understanding approach? 

Volunteer Appropriate Adults visit police stations to help safeguard the welfare and rights of vulnerable adults held by police.  We have opportunities for new volunteers to join us, and in particular we welcome people able to volunteer regularly in Wolverhampton, Perry Barr, Oldbury and Coventry. 

Volunteers may come from all walks of life, and we aim to attract new volunteers who are reflective of the communities they serve.  

No prior experience or qualification is required for this role although it may be of interest to those studying or have experience in areas such as Mental Health, Social Work or Criminal Justice. 

Training will take place on Saturday 16 May 2020, so candidates will have to be available to attend on that date if successful.

If you would like to discuss the role further please contact Sarah Matta on 0121 626 6060

Please send the completed application form to wmpcc@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk. We do not accept CVs.

Application Documents


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