Independent Advisory Group

An exciting opportunity has arisen for you to become a member of The Lancashire Constabulary East Division Independent Advisory Group (IAG). East Division covers the local authority areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.

The Group provides the valuable role of ‘critical friend’ to the Police Service. It is a forum where independent advisors can give independent, impartial advice about specific issues identified by the Police locally. The purpose of the IAG is one of scrutiny; and 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. We are looking for membership of the IAG to be broadly representative of the diverse communities that we serve. Members must 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 build stronger relationships with diverse communities.

You must be available to take part in quarterly meetings at either Blackburn Greenbank Police Station or Burnley Police station

This opportunity is subject to police vetting.


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  • 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

Required Qualities:

  • Reside or work within the East 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
  • Can demonstrate the ability to listen to and consider the views of others and treat all people fairly and with respect
  • Is able to demonstrate strong links and practical engagement with specific communities in order to make a difference to policing in the local area
  • 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 +


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If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator for a chat, or click apply now.

Email: Lancashire Volunteer Partnership

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