The IAG meets quarterly. There may also be times when members of the group come together to provide advice on a particular issue, or attend meetings which are associated with a critical incident. Although formal meetings are only 4 times a year, there is an expectation that IAG members will be active in between these meetings, getting involved in activities where the Force sees fit, visiting their local Neighbourhood Teams or attending events of interest.
No formal qualifications are needed for you to become an IAG member. Your experiences as a member of the community are the most important attributes that you can bring to the group, although we welcome applications from people with a skill or experience working in a particular field.
No, this is not a job, and one of the most important things about an IAG is that they retain their independence. However, we do value the role of our IAG members so we will always seek to pay reasonable expenses.
If training is requested, Gwent Police will provide this to members, if appropriate and relevant to the role and function of the IAG.
The IAG work to a Terms of Reference which has been developed in line with national standards. All IAG members will undergo security vetting and required to sign relevant confidentiality agreements. If you have been arrested or had frequent contact with the Police previously, you will need to declare this on your security check form which will be sent to our Professional Standards Department, but will not necessarily be a bar to your application process.
No. Gwent Police will carefully consider any advice provided by the IAG and will be responsible for any actions they may take (or choose not to take) as a result. There may be occasions where we don't act on IAG advice, this is not because we do not value the input of members, or that it hasn't been considered. Members will always be kept informed as to why we have/have not acted on IAG advice.