The North IAG covers the Chippenham Community Policing Team area and Royal Wootton Bassett Community Policing Team area including Malmesbury and Cricklade.
Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) are made up of regular members of the public who meet to advise and offer ideas to police forces on the wide range of activities that go into policing.
Independent Advisory Groups, known as IAGs, were created to challenge conventional thinking, 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 and Belief
The main role 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 made up of councillors, magistrates, politicians or other interested parties, but by ordinary members of the public with a keen interest in policing in their local area.
There are seven IAGs representing their local area across Wiltshire and Swindon and they meet up on a regular basis to advise and offer ideas to police forces on the wide range of activities that go into policing.
We also have a specific IAG focussed on Diverse Communities and issues relating to policing, diversity and inclusion - for more information on this group please visit the Diverse Communities IAG page
As critical friends, 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.