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Independent Advisory Groups

Independent Advisory Group

We're always thinking of ways we can improve the service we offer and have a group on hand to help.

The Essex Police Independent Advisory Groups play an important part in ensuring that Essex police consult with and understand the views of our many diverse communities.

The aim is to help the Force better understand how our processes and new policies can affect the different communities in Essex and, be the link between communities and Essex Police in relation to matters of diversity.

It brings together people of all ages and backgrounds, who can provide expert knowledge from their communities to help our staff and operational officer’s build trust and confidence with the community.

The group offer advice and practical assistance around the subjects of race, faith, disability, travellers, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and vulnerable, young and older people.

They provide an insight into their communities during staff training, help complete impact assessments after a crime has taken place and monitor tensions within a community.

They can also offer senior investigating officers advice on the direction of investigations and help us write policies.

Members are recruited to offer advice and guidance to the police, including constructive feedback around new policy developments and police recruitment, and provide the link to all Essex communities.

If you’re interested in shaping the way policing is delivered in Essex and ensuring your community has a voice, email us at [email protected], or contact the diversity unit by calling 101 ext 130072 for more information, or fill in an application form  - both Local Independent advisory groups across Essex, and the Strategic IAG (S-IAG) are seeking new members.

More about the role

The IAG is a focus group that brings together, at quarterly meetings, people from across Essex, of all ages, and all strands of diversity, who are prepared to provide their knowledge and experience to help Essex Police shape the way we police our communities.

Essex Police continue to seek new members for these groups. Members will be selected based upon the communities they are from, to ensure the widest possible community representation. This voluntary role will give the successful candidate the opportunity to provide feedback on the way the police are delivering services.

Main duties

  • Attend regular IAG meetings.
  • Provide constructive feedback to the Strategic Coordinator about a given topic.
  • Assistance with local information being disseminated to, and gathered from local communities.

Special Requirement

Although this is a voluntary role, all reasonable expenses will be paid by Essex Police.

Personal Qualities

It is essential the members are either from, or represent a community within Essex. The applicant must be able to work well with others and contribute in group discussions, ensuring their views, and therefore the views of their community are heard. The applicant should be motivated, enthusiastic and able to communicate in a calm, constructive manner.

This post will be subject to management vetting by Essex Police due to the confidential nature of the information the post holder may have access to.

Application Process

Essex Police welcome applications from people from all minority groups and diverse backgrounds. Please complete the application form.

Please note: In order to ensure widest possible community representation on the group there will be a selection process involving Essex Police, the chair of the relevant group, and for membership of the SIAG the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

If there are multiple applications from members of the same or similar communities, the priority will be to ensure the S-IAG is balanced to include actual ‘community members’ as well as ‘representatives’ of these communities.

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