A CAMBORNE vicar has been appointed to the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel.
The Reverend Mike Firbank is one of two independent representatives to join the panel.
He will represent Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, while Yvonne Atkinson is the representative for Devon, including Plymouth and Torbay.
Mr Firbank, rector of Camborne and a former inner-city teacher, works with a range of groups and agencies in Cornwall and is responsible for setting up a number of foodbanks and street pastor schemes.
He said: "I believe in civic leadership and democracy and I think that being an independent member is a wonderful is a wonderful opportunity to contribute and be part of something new and exciting.
"It's very important that we get this right and the next few years are going to be vital.
"I have a broad overview of what people in Cornwall think and can listen to what they're saying about crime and policing and put this forward in a positive but challenging way."
The panel is part of the new policing arrangements for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and made up of representatives from all the local authorities in the police force area, and the two independent members.
The new role of police and crime commissioner includes setting local policing and crimefighting objectives, engaging with the public and holding the Chief Constable to account.