The first Independent Advisory Group (IAG) was set up in 1999 in the Metropolitan Police Force.
Independent Advisory Groups emerged as a consequence of the Macpherson recommendations, which identified that the police were disengaged with hard to reach communities.
Cheshire IAG was set up in February 2004 and provides the constabulary with independent guidance and advice on policies, procedures and police operations.
IAGs advise on all aspects of equality and diversity, in particular the "Nine Protected characteristics" arising from the Equality Act 2010.
What is an Independent Advisor?
Someone who is committed to improving relationships between the police and communities, by using their expertise and life experiences to objectively appraise policies, procedures and operational activities. Advisors are able to communicate the culture and practices of their communities to the police force and make unemotional assessments of situations on which they are asked to provide an independent perspective and act as a critical friend.
What is the role of Independent Advisory Group?
The IAG is committed to working with Cheshire Constabulary in order to provide an independent voice in representing the interests of minority communities. The IAG embraces the opportunity to provide an independent view on local community issues and welcomes the chance to be influential in shaping police service provision.
By being independent, members are able to see things from a different perspective and can anticipate how police responses to problems may be interpreted by the communities of Cheshire.
For more information about the IAG please contact the Engagement Unit on 01606 364267.