Independent Volunteer Group Members Wanted
Monday February 13, 2017
Independent volunteer group members wanted - we're listening, are you talking?
Would you like to be part of an independent advisory group that helps police officers understand local issues such as knife crime, anti-social behaviour and the impact of major investigations?
West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services (Operations) Department which covers policing deployments for roads policing, firearms, dogs, public order, mounted, firearms licencing is recruiting members of the community for a local and Independent Advisory Group (IAG) to help develop better understanding of the area by questioning or challenging our practices in a constructive way.
Volunteer group members will be called upon to advise during major investigations, explore community issues and question police practices and policies.
District Commander, Chief Superintendent Tim Kingsman said; "The formulation of an Independent Advisory Group for Protective Services Operations is an opportunity for the people of West Yorkshire to put themselves forward to be the ‘critical friend’ of the organisation.
"The model has proved successful in other areas of the Force, and I am sure will be a great addition to the successful partnerships we already have. We all have a part to play in protecting the vulnerable and keeping our communities safe and feeling safer.
"I’d really like to encourage people to put their names forward and think about getting involved to work with us to keep West Yorkshire a safe place to work, live and bring up families."
Who can apply? Membership to advisory groups is open to residents who live in West Yorkshire, We will seek to select members from a variety of communities and backgrounds to seek to reflect the array of communities we serve.
We are looking for people who are not connected to the police service in any way and who don't already have access to channels for having their say on policing. You don't need any qualifications or experience, just the willingness to have a voice in your community.
Main duties: IAGs will consider local issues including critical incidents, operational practice and planning and the local impact of decisions around force policy and procedure. Remember you don't need any specialist qualifications - just an interest in your local area.
Meeting times:The group will sit one evening between 19.00 – 21.00 hours every three months and be held at the Carr Gate police complex in Wakefield and members would have to commit to regular attendance. The unpredictable nature of policing means that groups may also be called as specific issues arise.
Making a real difference: As a member of our panel you will be vital in giving us an impartial view and opinion on a variety of issues. Although we cannot always act on everything, we will always value your ideas and thoughts.
If you are interested in applying please contact Chief Inspector Norbury before March 20 via email; [email protected]