Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) were established many years ago to create a partnership between the Police service for an area and the communities of that area. IAGs always need members, new volunteer members so that Police can help provide the type and style of service that the communities need and want. Every group should ideally reflect the make-up of each area.
The role of each Independent Advisory Group is summed up as that of a ‘critical friend’.
Across the Wiltshire force area there six Community Policing teams and one Independent Advisory Group for each of those Team areas, as well as one Diverse Communities IAG. Marlborough is in the ‘County Central’ area, a large and primarily rural area of Wiltshire stretching from the Berkshire border near Froxfield to Warminster in the South.
Could you help shape and impact local policing? If you would like to join, all the Police 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.
The IAG is a key link between the Force and communities across the Wiltshire area, comprising both Local Authority areas of Swindon and Wiltshire. Police want group members to actively participate in discussions on crimes, issues within the local areas, equality and inclusion, recruitment, stop and search and all other areas of policing.
The IAG structure is designed to create a strong and involving partnership with Wiltshire’s local communities so that Police and community can work closely together closely to ensure that Wiltshire Police can serve and protect the people of the County.
Sgt Tom Ellerby said: “Our Independent Advisory Groups are so important to us in the police because we need to listen and be held to account to build public trust.” Adding: “Please come forward and join if you want to make a meaningful difference to the way we police and be a voice for your community. This is your chance to influence and be heard.”
We would like to hear from people from a variety of different backgrounds, gender, disability, age, race, religion/belief and sexual orientation.
IAG members are expected to represent their communities and be willing and capable of engaging them effectively.
The IAGs meet at least four times a year but in addition to meetings, they may be invited to offer their views on matters that specifically relate to their particular skills or expertise.
The groups help to boost community confidence in what we do. They ensure the delivery of fair policing services for everyone, and reach out to communities, providing reassurance about the way we police to groups we may otherwise find hard to reach.
For further information click here to visit the IAG section of the Wiltshire Police website, or click below to download the latest IAG Handbook for Wiltshire: