Police recruit advisors in Rugby

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Warwickshire Police is looking to recruit new independent advisors to help provide a more relevant service to the community.

The force is looking to boost the existing number of Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) by starting a group to cover the Rugby district. We are looking to ensure the group is representative of the area and made up of a wide range of people from different backgrounds and with diverse skills and interests.

The IAG network was formed in 2005, and includes a strategic group as well as panels dealing with geographical areas (Stratford, Warwick and Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire) and with specialist groups (disability and LGBT).

So far IAGs have provided advice and guidance on a wide range of issues including stop and search procedures, community relations, disability access, firearms (including Taser) and reviews of major and critical incidents.

As the name suggests members of IAGs are independent, and their contribution is based on personal opinion, experience and knowledge of their communities.

Jo-An Golding, from the Warwickshire Police Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit said: “IAG members play a very positive role in shaping how policing is conducted, enabling the force to provide services which meet the needs of all communities throughout Warwickshire.

“We want to recruit more volunteers to join the groups, but in particular the Rugby group and we would like members to come from the widest range of backgrounds possible, so that we can provide an even better service to our communities.”

Warwickshire Police is hosting an information evening in the council chamber at Rugby Town Hall on Tuesday July 9 from 7pm to 8.30pm.