Officers from the Isle of Wightâs Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) are looking for volunteers to sit on Hampshire Constabulary’s Independent Advisory Groups (IAGâs).
The groups are designed to hold the police to account regarding policies and practices within daily policing and IAG members will be asked to provide a community perspective on specific incidents.
There are 2 groups on the Island, 1 for adults and 1 thatâs been launched for people aged between 16 and 24 who feel they may have an interest in the emergency services, or who want to give something back to their local community.
There are opportunities for members to ‘ride along’ with officers to better understand operational policing, be involved in scrutinising stop and search activity and hate crime investigations and the Police’s response to domestic abuse. It's an opportunity to really make a difference and ensure the thoughts and concerns of the community are represented.
Do not feel you need to have a background in working with blue light services to be a member, in fact it is better if you donât. The group meets around 4 times a year, plus being called together to advise around key events.
As part of the IAG for young people you wonât represent any particular community or group, so thereâs no pressure, youâll just represent yourself and give your own views. Everyone sees things from a different perspective and that helps to give a different, and independent, view that helps Police to have a better grasp of the communityâs ideas, thoughts and feelings.
Hampshire Constabulary are also interested in speaking to people from across the community to ensure that diverse and minority groups are represented so of course English does not have to be your first language.
Chair of the Isle of Wight Independent Advisory Group (IAG), Alex Gryffe said:
âAs an IAG member, you will represent yourself and your own views or that of your community. The key thing is that applicants donât have any connection to the police service in any way, but do want to represent the community here on the Island.
âWe gain an insight and have a different perspective on many high profile investigations. Our work helps the police to understand what residents on the Island want and need, especially if a crime causes concerns in specific sections of the communityâ.
There are some forms to be filled in, as some standard vetting has to be undertaken, but help can be given with these.
The meetings are usually held in the early evening and help with transport for young people may be available.
If you, or anyone you know, is interested in applying to be involved with either of the Isle of Wight IAG groups then email [email protected].
You can apply to be part of an IAG if you live or workÂ on the Isle of Wight, areÂ not connected to the police service in anyway and areÂ willing to have a voice in the community.