Independent Advisory Group (IAG)
The IAG is a group of people who are independent from Gwent Police but work in partnership with us as our 'critical friends' to advise on local and national issues.
An IAG is a genuine partnership between the Police and the Community where advice can be sought on policy, procedure and practices and in doing so protects both the reputation of the police service and safeguards against adverse impact on any section of the community. (College of Policing)
Gwent Police's IAG meets 4 times a year and has two main functions - firstly to scrutinise service delivery (for example how well we are engaging with the public, or how a policy will impact on the local communities) and secondly to work alongside us in the event of a 'critical incident'. A critical incident may be a serious crime, a policing operation, an event, or anything that may have an impact on public confidence or community relations.
Having an IAG helps to ensure that Gwent Police act fairly, without discrimination and consider how our actions will impact on communities.
What our members say...
"I have been an IAG member for 6 years and really enjoy it. It's a good opportunity to gain knowledge on how Gwent Police operates and the issues they face. My visual impairment is never treated as an impediment to be doing anything. I've particularly enjoyed visiting the dog handling section and the Communications Suite. I have also made some lovely friends that I perhaps would not have met"
Hilary, IAG member from Newport
"Being a member of the IAG allows me the opportunity to really make a difference; not just to how the force improves as an organisation, but also to how the public receive services. What is particularly great about being part of the IAG is that it gives you access to senior levels of the force who are committed to constantly learning and improving. There is a real sense that your opinion matters, and what you say will assist in design and development of the force and service delivery"
Nick, IAG member from Abercarn
Membership of the IAG tries to be reflective of the different communities in Gwent Police and no one is excluded from applying. Membership is on a voluntary basis, however, travel or other reasonable out of pocket expenses are refunded.
Members bring their life experience and knowledge of their particular community to the group, as well as any professional or voluntary experience they already have. We especially seek members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender; disabled people; people from ethnic minority communities (including Gypsy/Traveller and Eastern European communities); and people with different religious/non-religious beliefs.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the IAG, then you can download an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form.
Please email completed applications to [email protected]
For more information about the group and what membership will involve, please contact Heather Powell, Diversity Manager.
Phone: 01633 838111
Email: [email protected]