Cleveland Police is seeking the views of diverse communities across Hartlepool on how best to involve local people in policing through the force’s Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs).
IAGs are a national initiative, which were introduced following the report into the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in London, where the Metropolitan Police Service was criticised for losing contact with communities, particularly black communities.
The groups aim to be a reflection of local people, including a wide range of minority groups that are sometimes described as “harder to hear”, and act as critical friends in providing advice to the police.
The Strategic IAG (SIAG) in Cleveland has been in place for some time but is looking for fresh ideas as to how best to link Cleveland Police in with the needs and views of local communities from all areas of Cleveland.
In view of this, a questionnaire has been put together asking for suggestions as to both how meetings are conducted, and what topics should be on the future agenda. The results of this questionnaire will be used to develop the agenda for a communities conference to be hosted later in the year by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger.
Mr Coppinger said: “Groups like the SIAG are crucial in maintaining the link between the police and community, and ensuring that the police exists to both protect and serve the local community.”
To fill in the questionnaire visit www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Take-Part/Strategic-Independent-Advisory-Group-Questionnaire.aspx