Diversity Community Involvement
Independent Advisory Groups – Critical Friend to our Police Service
The report following the death of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 criticised the Metropolitan Police for their loss of contact with communities, particularly black communities. The report recommended the involvement of people in local policing. One of the responses was the formation of an Independent Advisory Group (IAG).
What is an Independent Advisory Group (IAG)?
Independent Advisory Groups aim to be a reflection of local communities, including minority groups that are sometimes described as ‘harder to hear’, and act as critical friends in providing advice to the police.
Community Involvement - How can you get involved?
Cleveland Strategic Independent Advisory Group was established to help Cleveland Police achieve its aims of providing all communities with a voice and a link to police managers and the executive officers.
This group meets on a bi-monthly basis and has an independent member of the local community as chair. Membership includes representatives from various community groups and organisations as well as the Chief Constable, PCC, Diversity Unit, Staff Support Networks and other guests as appropriate relating to the business underway.
The key objective of the IAG is to act as a critical friend to Cleveland Police with the intention of improving understanding and service delivery. This is also supported by local IAG’s in each of the Command Areas within the Cleveland Policing area.
The current Chair is Shahda Khan a community member from Middlesbrough who was awarded the MBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list.