Could you volunteer to provide independent scrutiny to Bedfordshire Police?

  • Bedfordshire Police Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) are now looking for new members. Applications are now being considered.  The closing date is Sunday 9 January 2022.

IAGs are panels made up of volunteers from a range of backgrounds, communities and diversity groups and help the force by providing independent scrutiny on a wide range of issues, from the use of force to communications.

The force has recently undergone a restructure of IAGs in Bedfordshire to better reflect its communities. This means there will now be three IAGs; one representing Bedford Borough, one representing Luton and one representing Central Bedfordshire.

All three IAGs will provide independent advice to the force and ensure it is providing the best possible service to the communities it serves. The panels also ensure that all services, policies, procedures and practices are free from any kind of discrimination.

Following the restructure of the panels, a number of positions have been created within each IAG and applications for these are now being accepted.

Anyone interested may apply.

Applications will only be open for a short period and will close by Sunday 9 January 2022.

Mark Cattle, Chair of the North IAG, said, “IAGs provide independent advice to the police aimed at improving the quality of their services to all communities. We help them better understand local communities and build the right kind of service for the people of Bedfordshire. As an IAG member you could be involved in a wide variety of ways, such as advising on policy and strategy, providing advice during critical incidents or participating in and evaluating training. So, if you find this and the concept of representing your community interesting, please apply.”

Nigel Taylor, Chair of the South IAG, said, “In my opinion contributing advice via the IAG is very important for our communities. It not only serves as a community voice into critical incidents and police policy, but it also serves as a reminder of the wider community impact during important and difficult situations. Serving on an IAG should grow you as a person through experience and training as you serve the communities of Bedfordshire."

Assistant Chief Constable Sharn Basra from Bedfordshire Police said, “We work closely with the IAGs and see them as ‘critical friends’; their independent advice is vital for the force. We are now looking to increase the membership of each IAG, and we are keen to encourage a really wide range of people to apply. It’s important that all parts of the community are represented on the IAGs, so I would encourage anyone with an interest in policing who would like to make a difference in their community, to apply.”

To find out more, or to request an application form, applicants should email

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