Independent Advisory Groups
Dated: 13 May 2012
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POLICY TITLE: Independent Advisory Groups
OWNING DIRECTORATE: Communications
AUTHOR: Sergeant, Citizen Focus, Communications Department
CONTACT DETAILS: 101 Ext. 69475
AIM OF POLICY: The aim of Independent advisory groups is to rebuild trust and confidence among minority communities particularly those that are sometimes described as 'hard to hear' or 'hard to reach'
BENEFIT OF POLICY: Independent advisors have provided vital advice in a wide range of police operations, from strategic advice about policy decisions to tactical advice in major investigations
REASON FOR POLICY: The aim of Independent advisory groups is to rebuild trust and confidence among minority communities
DESCRIPTION OF POLICY:
Northumbria Police are committed to being an anti-discriminatory organisation. Advisors help to make this commitment a reality.
Independent advisory groups were first introduced in January 1999 to the Metropolitan Police Service to address criticism contained in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report. They now form a vital part of police efforts to rebuild trust and confidence among minority communities, particularly those that are sometimes described as 'hard to hear' or 'hard to reach'.
Independent advisors have provided vital advice in a wide range of police operations, from strategic advice about policy decisions to tactical advice in major investigations. A key contribution has been to highlight where police actions may have disproportionately impacted on particular minority communities.
INDEPENDENT ADVISORY GROUPS IN NORTHUMBRIA POLICE
A three-tier structure of Independent Advisory Group will operate within the Northumbria Police area:
Force Level Strategic Independent Advisory Group – This Group will consider force-wide strategy and policy. Its aims are to improve public confidence and openness between Northumbria Police and the communities it serves by seeking advice from all sections of the community, minority and majority groups, who have specific skills, abilities, knowledge or awareness of issues affecting those communities with the intention of providing a fair and equitable delivery of services to all.
Area Command Independent Advisory Groups – These Groups will work with Area Commanders to consider local operational and service delivery issues.
Critical Incident Advisory Groups – Specialist community advisors will be requested to work with Northumbria Police during critical incidents and major investigations to form a non-standing group to provide advice to Area Commanders and/or Senior Investigating Officers.
SOURCE DOCUMENT: Home Office
GROUPS AFFECTED: All Police Officers and Police Staff
ACCESS AND DISCLOSURE RESTRICTIONS: None