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Independent Advisory Group (IAG)

Independent Advisory Group (IAG)

Providing a 'critical friend' to Police Service Delivery in North Yorkshire
Background to the Group

Sir William McPherson’s report into the failings during the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry criticised the Metropolitan Police Service for its loss of contact with communities, particularly black communities.  A number of recommendations were made to involve local people in policing.  The establishment of Independent Advisory Groups was recommended as best practice to provide a ‘critical friend’ approach offering independent advice and feedback in relation to police service delivery. 

The Harrogate District Independent Advisory Group aims to:

  • Develop and maintain trust and understanding between North Yorkshire Police and the communities it serves.
  • Increase the confidence in policing amongst the diverse community.
  • Inform the delivery of a police service that meets the needs of the diverse community across North Yorkshire and the City of York.
  • Act as a critical friend in policing actions, especially Hate Crime.
  • Assist North Yorkshire Police with assessing the equality impact of relevant policies.
  • Bring local community concerns regarding equality and diversity aspects of operational issues (if any) to the attention of North Yorkshire Police.
  • Assist North Yorkshire Police in complying with its equality duty to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who  share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Function, upon request, as a member of an IAG, where a critical incident occurs.


Join the Harrogate District Independent Advisory Group

The IAG aims to be representative of all protected characteristics, i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership. Meetings are not open to the general public however the group welcomes new members who would like to be involved. If you would like to find out more about becoming a representative on the group please contact HARCVS on 01423 504074 or for further information.