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Independent Advisory Groups

Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) are a way for our communities to work with us to help improve our service. They advise on policing issues that may cause concern to local people and communities.

IAG members are volunteers drawn from our communities from various backgrounds.

They have an interest in policing and its effect on our communities and offer independent advice.

What is the purpose of an IAG?

IAGs have a vital role in helping us build trust, confidence and better relationships, especially with our diverse communities. This underpins our legitimacy.

Our values guide our approach in all that we do, so what our IAGs do is neatly aligned to our values:

Caring

  • Creating a caring environment
  • Supporting the health and wellbeing of those around us
  • Achieving the best possible outcomes for those we serve
  • Caring about the quality of our work

Courageous

  • Sharing vulnerabilities and being proud of who you are
  • Having moral courage
  • Being empowered to make the right decisions

Inclusive

  • Encouraging and listening to different perspectives
  • Challenging discrimination of any kind and supporting others
  • Creating a safe and supportive environment for everyone
  • Building positive relationships with all communities
  • Reducing inequality

Learning

  • Championing a learning environment
  • Working together to find the answers to problems
  • Seeking opportunities for development and growth
  • Being receptive to feedback

Which policing areas are covered?

There are a number of IAGs located within the following policing areas:

  • South Gloucestershire
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bristol – there are separate IAGs for East Bristol, South Bristol and Central Bristol. We are also looking to develop a North Bristol IAG.
  • North Somerset
  • East Somerset – covering the District Council areas of Mendip and South Somerset
  • West Somerset – covering the District Council areas of Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset

There are also the following additional IAGs across the Force:

  • Youth People’s Voice Group – a Bristol based group made up of young students from several educational establishments
  • LGBTQ+ Forum Group – based in Bristol and BaNES
  • Female IAG – based in Bristol
  • Mosque IAG – based in Bristol
  • Strategic Independent Advisory Group (SIAG) – a force-wide group made up of the Chair Independent Advisors from the policing area IAGs and Community / Partner Agencies, covering matters of strategic significance

Who can join?

We are keen to expand the membership of the IAGs. We would like to hear from people from a variety of different backgrounds, gender, disability, age, race, religion/belief and sexual orientation.

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 4 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.

Become a member

Potential members should complete an IAG membership request form (DOC) and a confidentiality agreement (PDF)

Send the completed documents to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team for the attention of: ‘Chief Inspector, Neighbourhood Policing Team’ of your geographical area (as detailed above).

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