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Police Looking to Improve Links with Local Communities

We Stand Together

Shahda Khan, Chair of Cleveland’s Strategic Independent Advisory Group with Barry Coppinger

Cleveland Police are looking to improve their engagement with local people through an event aimed at diverse communities from across Cleveland.

The Communities Conference is being hosted by Cleveland’s Strategic Independent Advisory Group (SIAG), which is a group of local people from diverse backgrounds who act as a critical friend to the police.

IAGs were formed across England and Wales following recommendations in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry that local people should be more involved in policing.

Within Cleveland work has been ongoing to reinvigorate the SIAG, and further engage local communities in how their policing is delivered. A survey of local people highlighted the key areas of concern that it was felt the SIAG should focus on in the future, and the Communities Conference aims to build on this by developing key objectives for the group.

Shahda Khan, Chair of the SIAG said: “IAGs can play a key role in promoting confidence in local policing within all our communities.

“They do this by acting as a 'critical but constructive friend’ to Cleveland Police, both in relation to providing advice for major incidents and for the development of local policing policy and strategy.

“Therefore, it is essential that IAGs are reflective of all the communities which Cleveland Police serve and this conference is an opportunity for people to be involved.”

The event is being held at Teesside University on Wednesday 28th October from 4pm – 7pm, and will feature presentations on a variety of subjects including child sexual exploitation, prevent and counter terrorism, professional standards, diversity monitoring and hate crime.

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, who is supporting the event said: “Policing by consent is fundamental to the way our local policing is structured within this country, and ensuring that how we police the area reflects the diversity of our communities is a key factor in achieving this.

“I have worked with the SIAG since coming into office in 2012 and am always impressed by their commitment to improving the relationship between the police and the local community. We have come a long way in recent years but there is always room for improvement and this event is a great way for local people to have their say and influence the future work of the group.”

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Nickless added: “The role of policing is based upon the consent of communities and to achieve this there needs to be a good level of understanding and trust. 

“There is a rich diversity of people across all areas that Cleveland Police cover that naturally changes over time and it is therefore important that we understand matters of most concern and then with the support and challenge of the IAG implement changes to address them. 

“The conference is part of this and is an opportunity to listen and build on the good work that our staff do every day.”  

Click here to view the event poster - anyone interested in attending the event should contact Sarah Wilson on sarah.wilson@cleveland.pnn.police.uk or 01642 301446.


Posted on Friday 18th September 2015
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