Independent Advisory Groups
Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) are a way for communities and organisations across the force area to build trust and improve policing.
IAGs help us to tackle issues that may cause concern to local people, communities and businesses. They do this by offering guidance, insight, and where needed, acting as critical friends to the Constabulary.
IAG members are volunteers drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds, holding a wide variety of interests, and having a willingness to stand up for their communities. More information can be found in the IAG Handbook (PDF).
What is the purpose of an IAG?
IAGs play an important role in forming positive relationships between the police and the public. They have several overarching objectives:
- To act as a ‘critical friend’ in matters relating to policing issues that directly affect or concern our communities. They challenge us and hold us to account on behalf of the communities we serve.
- To provide support and a knowledge sharing link between communities and the police, to underpin our legitimacy.
- To assist in training and education.
- To support the force at all times by telling us what our communities really expect from us, and how they are feeling in regard to topical issues or events.
Which policing areas are covered?
IAGs are split into three main types:
- Geographical Area IAGs, who cover a specific area within Avon and Somerset.
- Specialist (Forcewide) IAGs focus on a specific thematic area of policing or community interest.
- The Strategic IAG (SIAG) is responsible for the coordination of our whole IAG network. Membership is made up of chairs from all the IAGs, our Chief Officer’s, and appropriate specialists and partner agencies depending on the agenda topics.
Who can join?
We are keen to expand the membership of the IAGs to ensure they are representative of our communities.
We would like to hear from people from a variety of different backgrounds, gender, disability, age, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, who have a desire to improve community relations with the police and work together to improve public confidence.
What is expected from members?
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. In addition to meetings, they may be invited to observe training or offer their views on matters that specifically relate to their particular community, skills or expertise.
Become a member
If you would like to register your interest for a specific IAG or ask any questions, contact StrategicIAG@avonandsomerset.police.uk.
Alternatively, you can apply to become an IAG member by completing an IAG membership request form (DOC) and confidentiality agreement (PDF). Email your completed forms to StrategicIAG@avonandsomerset.police.uk.