Independent Advisory Groups - known as IAGs - are made up of members of the public who meet to advise and offer ideas to police forces on a wide range of activities relating to local policing.
The main role of an IAG is to act as a 'critical friend' to the police. Unlike other, more formal, groups that advise the police such as scrutiny panels, IAGs do not offer expert or specialist advice, but exist simply to understand the viewpoints of its members.
IAGs are not, therefore, made up of councillors, magistrates, politicians or other interested parties, but by ordinary members of the public.
Find the IAG for your area
There are six IAGs split geographically across the county
North IAG Chippenham, Royal Wootton Bassett, Cricklade, Malmesbury, Calne, Corsham
Swindon North IAG Penhill, Pinehurst, Rodbourne, Rodbourne Cheney, Moredon, Gorsehill
Swindon South IAG Walcot, Parks, Town Centre
Central IAG Devizes, Westbury, Warminster, Marlborough, Mere, Tisbury
South IAG Salisbury, Amesbury, Tidworth, Wilton, Alderbury
West IAG Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon, Melksham
We also have a Diverse Communities IAG for members of the community from ethnic minorities who live or work in Wiltshire or Swindon.
In June 2021 we made some changes to the IAGs to align better with our Community Policing Team boundaries:
Salisbury and Amesbury have merged under the South IAG
Westbury, Tisbury, Mere and Warminster have moved from West IAG and joined Devizes and Marlborough in Central IAG
Trowbridge, Melksham, Bradford-on-Avon are in West IAG.
We hope this will strengthen relations between the police and community as our IAG chairs will have just have one local Inspector to work with.
Local policing isn't changing; your local officers will not be travelling from further away and we will maintain our operational cover. You still have the same service from your Police officers, no matter which Community Policing Team or IAG area you are in.
What do IAGs talk about?
IAG members constructively advise and challenge Wiltshire Police on policies, procedures and practices and advise the Force on how to do better.
Specific tasks might involve a critical assessment of an operation, policy or incident. The aim is always to identify ways to make policing better for all.
As a member of an IAG, your input will help us to be more effective, to engage better with our public, and respond better to the needs of the community.
IAGs were created to challenge conventional thinking, to give an independent perspective on issues and to work as genuine partners with the Police to improve policing, with a particular focus on diversity and the protected characteristics as covered by the Equality Act 2000:
Marriage and Civil Partnership
Pregnancy and Maternity
Religion or Belief
If you have a keen interest in policing we want to hear from you. We're open to constructive criticism and ideas on how we can do things better.
Feel free to email any questions to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team at [email protected]
Click on the local IAG for your area below or the Diverse Communities IAG for more details, including how to join.