Independent Advisory Group
Could you be a ‘critical friend’ to the Police Service?
We are looking for new panel members for our Independent Advisory Group (IAG)
The purpose of the IAG is not one of scrutiny; rather it provides a safeguard against disadvantaging any section of our communities through a lack of understanding, ignorance or mistaken belief. A ‘critical friend’ is one who is of significant importance to the Constabulary, and it does not imply that they should necessarily be judgemental or censorious.
It is a forum where independent advisors can give independent, impartial advice about specific issues identified by the Police locally.
We are looking for a broad representation of the diverse communities that we serve in terms of disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation and you will ideally be able to demonstrate strong links, and effective engagement, with one of the defined diverse communities.
As an IAG member your independent views will help Lancashire Constabulary shape police service provision and help to build stronger relationships with diverse communities.
As a panel member you must live or work in West Division covers the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe and you must be available to take part in bi-monthly meetings which are held at Lancaster Police Station.
This opportunity is subject to police vetting and to qualify you must have been a resident in the UK for the past 3 years.
- Provide the Police with independent and impartial advice about specific issues identified by the Police, or by members of the IAG, or by the communities they represent
- Provide guidance, personal insight or constructive challenge reflecting your perspective as a member of the community
- Provide the Police with independent advice on issues that potentially impact on the communities of the policing area including policies, practices, procedures or critical incidents
- Act also as an Independent Critical Incident Advisor for the Police when necessary
- Retain a good working relationship with other IAG members, with Lancashire Police personnel and with any other interested parties
- Potentially undertake a wider variety of roles including attendance at policing operations, meetings and/or development seminars
- Reside or work within the West Division policing area
- Must be willing to attend regular meetings
- Must be committed to making a difference to the way that policing services are delivered
- Be committed to the values and aims of openness, fairness and equality
- Be willing to seek fairness and equality in any matters for all people
- Proven links with one or more diversity strands (disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and young people)
- Experience of giving advice and opinion, and / or acting as a ‘critical’ friend
- Must be able to deal with confidential information appropriately
- Must demonstrate the ability to question, challenge, weigh up issues and make balanced, reasonable and proportionate judgements
Training will be provided where necessary and may be in the form of peer support, distance learning or trainer led. Volunteers must have completed the required training before the activity can be undertaken and may be asked to regularly refresh training where required.
Required Age:16 years +
To cover Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre areas.
Bi-monthly meeting held at
Lancaster Police Station