Appeal for advisers to help police

By Sara Bryce

Saturday, March 22, 2014


ISLE OF WIGHT police want to recruit independent advisers to give feedback and to help them better understand Island communities — particularly youngsters.

The members of the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) will also be asked to question police practices and policies, and may be called upon to help during major investigations.

Supt Pete McGowan, overseeing the recruitment, said: "The IAG on the Island has been invaluable to challenge and inform our thinking.

"To make the IAG more effective we need to get all communities involved.

"We also want to see representation from our young people."

He added: "We understand some communities may not trust the police so it is important that we break down these barriers.

"We want the IAG to reflect the diversity of our community on the IW, which will make sure people have their views heard and provide the chance to influence policing."

Member Maggie Curry said: "As a member I am able to offer my opinion on policies, performance and policing on the Island.

"Making a difference is all important to me, and being part of the IAG team allows me to give back to the community as a whole."

Membership is open to anyone over 16. For more information, contact the IW police extended family co-ordinator on 101, e-mail iag@hampshire.pnn.police.

uk or visit www.hampshire.



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by C Ryan-Sammon

24th March 2014, at 08:41:38

Just to say the Police e mail addy is not correct as it needs to be or it wont work ;)

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by C Ryan-Sammon

24th March 2014, at 07:46:24

Where do I start, Ive lived through Policing changes over the years, so a few points , I could write a book on the policing issues but not here eh.
Maybe bring back Police Houses in the Community where local residents can go with concerns and the police man gets to know his community, Bobbies walking the streets chatting to unruly youngsters, reassuring older folk, rather than driving up and down in a car just to Tick the Boxes, the assistance of Community Officers was a great idea by the young man whos idea it was, if it was used in the way it was intended, which is not the case here on the Island. Ive known Village Bobbies since the 60's back then unruly young teens were taken home by the local Bobby and handed over to the parents.

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by C Ryan-Sammon

24th March 2014, at 07:45:54

Then over the last 30years Ive been involved in the community where Ive met some great Police Members who worked with us and gave time to get involved, who I could call direct if needed and they could call me for my help too. Sadly that's all gone now, well until some wise Police Person realises how important these things are in Island Communities.
I know all about ticking boxes, facts and figures but its people who matter in reality, Ive not seen a Police Person on foot for a long time, saw a few on pushbikes in Ryde last year.

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

22nd March 2014, at 17:47:18

In a nutshell, they want Coppers Narks.......

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by Mike Crowe

22nd March 2014, at 13:49:29

Change your attitude. Stop looking down on everybody.

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by David Blackford

22nd March 2014, at 12:51:19

Yes, recruit a few youngsters - they know what's going on and what needs to be done about it.

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by Colin Russell

22nd March 2014, at 12:22:47

The only advice i can offer is to stop employing more suits, pen pushers, call them what you like but not one of them can fill the boots of a police officer on the beat, you know like it use to be, but now its more office wallers that out number police on the beat.
IAG, ill keep my ear to the ground if i hear anything i,ll drop you a line 2nd class post.

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