Independent advisory groups
- Are you passionate about keeping your community safe?
- Do you want to get involved in key police operations and strategy?
- Do you want to make a difference to policing in your neighbourhood?
- Could you offer your expertise to help provide a better police service in your area and build trust?
If you could offer a few hours of your time every two or three months to give your valuable input into policing, join one of our Independent Advisory Groups today.
Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) are made up of trusted individuals of all ages and backgrounds who scrutinise and influence the activities and policies of West Mercia Police. The groups offer impartial advice to the police on a range of different subjects and are made up of members of the public from local communities, who meet regularly to discuss hot topics in policing.
The aim of each group is:
- To provide advice and constructive criticism to the forces, whilst remaining sensitive to the needs of the whole community
- To provide independent advice to West Mercia Police, to help recognise diverse needs of the communities served and to deliver a fair and impartial service that secures greater trust and confidence.
There are three protected characteristic groups which offer specialist advice and guidance to police on diversity issues and the effects on their communities:
There are also five IAGs covering each of our Local Policing areas, inputting into their neighbourhood police services:
- Shropshire IAG
- Telford and Wrekin IAG
- Herefordshire IAG
- South Worcestershire IAG
- North Worcestershire IAG.
IAGs provide valuable support to West Mercia Police, as well as ongoing involvement in policy reviews. IAGs are engaged on a number of key issues, facilitated by the Equality and Diversity Team and Safer Neighbourhood Teams. The advice and support from the IAGs following a critical incident is very important, allowing the police to reassure the community but also gain a richer picture of community concerns
What have IAGs achieved?
IAGs have been integral in providing advice and guidance to the police in many areas, including:
- Critical and major incidents
- Use of firearms and Tasers
- Stop and search
- Community relations and engagement
- Equality and diversity issues
- Disability access
- Community activities.
The Independent Advisory Groups are now recruiting new members in your community to help shape and impact local policing. You are welcome to join as many of the three protected characteristic groups as you feel is appropriate, and/or the local IAG group where you work, live or support somebody. If you would like to join, all we ask is that you have an interest in policing, can volunteer for a few hours every couple of months and would like to share your opinions and advice on policing matters.
Penny is a critical friend to West Mercia Police, offering advice and guidance on a range of issues. She has done this by volunteering some time to become an IAG member. Penny has an interest in equality and diversity and has joined the LGBT IAG, where she is able to offer more specialised advice to the police on more sensitive issues. Take a look at what Penny had to say about the rewards and benefits of being an IAG member, or watch this video of the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police talk about the merits of becoming an IAG member.