The Advisory Panel on Poicing Protests is an independent body established by the South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Established in March 2016, it offers support and challenge to police in the planning and learning stages of managing protests and marches taking place in South Yorkshire.
Members offer comment on proposals for handling protest events, and work with the police in advance of any protest, as well as being in attendance to observe police activity and interactions with protestors on the day. They assist the Force to learn lessons and, where appropriate, make recommendations for managing future protests. The Panel has no operational policing responsibilities, but it offers a channel for consultation with those affected by protests, and has an educational role.
Members of the Panel have been drawn from the PCC’s existing Independent Ethics Panel, and the Minority Communities Independent Advisory Group, to represent a cross-section of communities from across South Yorkshire. The Chair is Andrew Lockley and the Vice-Chair Abdul Khayum.
The Panel was established in March 2016 following a review into the engagement of South Yorkshire Police with Rotherham communities in connection with the 5 September 2015 protests in the town. The report is available here.
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