An Independent Advisory Group (IAG) is a panel of volunteers who are committed to working with the police for the benefit of the whole community. The aim of the IAG is to improve the quality of policing by being the vital link between the community and the police. IAG members provide advice to help recognise the diverse policing needs of communities and deliver a fair service that secures greater trust and confidence.
The IAG ensures this by acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Force, to constructively advise and challenge local policies, procedures and practices, helping to constantly improve service delivery to all sections of the communities. The advice IAG members provide is used to strengthen the Force’s approach to policing its communities.
The aim of our IAG is to improve the quality of policing by acting as a vital link between us and our communities. IAG members provide us with advice to help us recognise the diverse policing needs of communities and deliver a fair service that secures greater trust and confidence.
Our IAG performs the role of a ‘critical friend’ to our Force, constructively advising and challenging local policies, procedures and practices, and helping to constantly improve service delivery to all sections of the communities.
We are recruiting for new members of our IAG and would especially like to hear from you if you feel that the voice of your community is underrepresented in conversations between our communities and our Force.
We are looking for individuals from diverse communities who currently reside in Surrey and may hold one or more protected characteristic (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation).
If you are interested in shaping the way your community engages with policing, please contact us at email@example.com, or fill in the application form below.
As an IAG member, your main responsibilities will be to:
- Consider local issues including critical incidents, operational practices and planning, and the local impact of decisions around Force policy and procedure
- Act as a critical friend in all aspects of interactions between police and Surrey’s communities
- Make significant contributions when consulted on the planning, management and evaluation of operations and critical incidents
- Help to instil just and fair relations between the police and communities
- Agree information that can be released to the wider public and assist on delivery of key messages to communities
- Educate and update the Force on community issues which affect local policing
- Attend quarterly in person meetings at Surrey Police HQ and review relevant paperwork in advance
IAG meetings are held quarterly and usually at Surrey Police HQ in Guildford. You will be expected to attend at least three of the four meetings each year and whilst the post is voluntary, your travel expenses will be reimbursed and the meetings are catered for.
Skills & Experience
Although no specific experience is required for this role, we are looking for individuals who have great interpersonal skills and can act as an important link between our Force and our communities.
You will need to be able to discuss, critique and provide opinions on presentations and papers presented to the IAG. You will also need to have the confidence to deliver key messages to communities.
To access meeting information and documentation, you will need to be able to use MS Office and other IT systems.
For further information about the vacancy, please contact the Inclusion Team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Following submission of your application you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your application attached. Occasionally emails from this address can fall into spam/junk folders so please ensure this is checked regularly. You may wish to consider adding email@example.com to your address/contact list to ensure you receive all communications.
We are only as good as our people. It's really important that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we know that as an organisation we'll grow from the variety of thinking, approach and skills that diversity brings; all of which help us deliver a better policing service. We strive to ensure how we deliver our services, provide information and how we recruit is open and accessible to all. We have multiple staff support groups who help to improve our understanding of minority issues and ensure they are reflected in our work. We are proud members of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and Disability Confident, a signatory of the Race at Work Charter and aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement. We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities. Regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status or religious beliefs, we would love to hear from you.