Could you represent and support members of your community?
Kent Police is looking for volunteers to join the Kent Police Independent Police Advisory Group (IPAG) and represent diverse communities in Tonbridge and Malling, Swale, Dartford and Gravesend, Dover and Thanet.
What does the IPAG do?
IPAGs make a difference to policing in Kent by:
- providing a link between the police and the diverse communities of Kent
- giving independent views to the police on incidents, procedures, policies and training, for instance
- helping the police to support victims of crime and anti-social behaviour
- encouraging witnesses of crime to come forward
- sharing feedback from the communities with the police and other agencies to help improve the services they provide.
How does the IPAG work?
The IPAG provides an opportunity to influence local policing and Kent Police policy.
The county IPAG will consist of up to 15 people; the County IPAG Chair, the County IPAG Vice Chair and the District IPAG Chairs.
The County IPAG Chair and Vice Chair will meet with the District Chairs, other volunteers, senior police officers and partner agencies to help improve the services provided to communities in Kent.
The District IPAG Chairs will meet locally with the District Commander, the local Community Liaison Officer (CLO) and a panel of people from the local communities.
How can I get involved?
Apply to be a Chair of the District IPAG or an IPAG member.
We are looking for people who:
- have strong leadership skills
- have specialist knowledge of diverse communities
- have energy and enthusiasm
- are confident in talking with the police and other agencies
- can represent people from all parts of the communities e.g. race, religion and belief, disability, gender, age, LGBT+
- can dedicate time for regular meetings
- can give independent views on a range of issues.
Members of the County IPAG will work with te police in their IPAG role during critical incidents to provide advice about the communities they cover and how those communities are affected. There will be opportunities for District IPAG Chairs to represent the IPAG at various strategic Kent Police meetings.
District Chairs may be asked to support the County Chair/Vice Chair by attending strategic Kent Police meetings such as the Hate Crime Forum, Stop & Search Scrutiny Panel, Protecting Vulnerable People Board and the Prevent Delivery Board.
District Chairs may be asked to support mystery shopper initiatives to test the response to issues such as reporting hate crime on their Districts. In addition District Chairs will be provided with continuing professional development opportunities such as training and attendance at relevant conferences and master classes.
District Chairs will be subjected to Non-Police Personnel Vetting to Level 1, in accordance with the National Police Chiefs Council policy.
Applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed for the roles. The roles hold a tenure of three years and an honorarium payment and travel expenses will be available to successful candidates.
To become a District IPAG member please email the Community Liaison Team.
To apply for a role as a District IPAG Chair, please complete the application form and reply by email to:
Or post to:
Diversity and Inclusion Team
Kent Police College
Kent ME15 9DW
The closing date for applications is 30 April 2018.
Interviews will take place subsequently.