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Police in Wigan and Leigh Seek Independent Advisors
Monday 17th August, 2009

Police in Wigan and Leigh Seek Independent Advisors
Abida Niaz with officers from the Leigh Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Police are asking local people to join their Independent Advisory Group (IAG) to improve the service they offer to minority communities in Wigan and Leigh.

The IAG will be made up of voluntary representatives from the borough's diverse communities, and members can come from a range of backgrounds and ages. They must also be willing to work constructively with the police and provide honest feedback to officers.

Superintendent Bob Lomas of Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan Division said: "I hope the IAG will be an effective way of communicating with people from our diverse range of communities and building links with those who have not had chance to talk to us in the past.

“I want to encourage anybody who is interested in helping to improve the service we provide to get in touch and hopefully consider joining the group. This includes people who may have had negative experiences in the past, but who are willing to work with us to make things better for the future."

The group will work closely with officers across Wigan borough to influence the service provided by the police to the community. This is done in a number of ways, such as advising police on how to respond to certain incidents, assisting with the development and delivery of training, helping with planning for festivals and events, scrutinising new policies and acting as a link between communities and the police.

IAG members can help to get messages out to communities to improve confidence in the police, and as they have access to senior officers they can raise grievances, issues or questions on behalf of communities too.

Anybody interested in becoming an IAG member should contact Jacqueline Ibbetson on 0161 856 7005 or Abida Niaz, Wigan Division’s Community Relations Officer, on 0161 856 7184 by Monday 14 September 2009.

Members will need to fill in a basic membership form and will be expected to show a reasonable level of commitment by attending meetings and being available at other times when needed. Members will also be expected to display respect for the views, beliefs and opinions of other members.



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