WEST BERKSHIRE LOCAL POLICE AREA
INDEPENDENT ADVISORY GROUP
1630 hours Wednesday 21 September 2011
Minutes of previous meeting (29 June) and matters arising
Diagram showing call out process for convenient an IAG in response to a critical
incident will be circulated shortly.
Kate confirmed she had passed the second stage for carrying the Olympic torch
and should hear In January whether she has been successful.
Future of our IAG
The Police need a group to call on when a critical incident occurs which
fortunately in West Berkshire is very rare. It is therefore proposed that the IAG
meet twice a year in March and September and all those present were in
agreement with this proposal. It was also agreed to change the time of the IAG
It was also noted that other groups need to be represented on the IAG ie Polish,
Turkish, youth, rural member etc.
LF explained the levels of a critical incident:
NS would also like to have a theme to the meeting and suggested inviting
members of the community to attend and speak about the problems they are
experiencing. The views of the meeting were sought on whether there should
be a social media site for victims to make comments ie a facebook type link, but
it was felt that confidentiality would be an issue if comments made their way into
the public domain.
LF reminded the group about the remit of the IAG.
Consideration to be given to liaising with other IAG’s to see how they operate.
Quarterly statistics will be circulated to members by e-mail. Hate crime has
reduced by 56 offences this year, with a 55% detection rate. From discussions
at this meeting it is obvious that some issues are not being reported.
A discussion followed on members of the community not having the confidence
or language skills to report matters direct to the police, and only managing to
get action because of their informal links.
Discussion on the use of interpreters and the vetting system used by TVP.
Any Other Business
Safety Communities Survey – Priorities of Policing. NS asked whether this
survey has been widely circulated or whether it has just been sent to specific
Mentoring - NS suggested developing the mentoring scheme further whereby
Neighbourhood officers are put in contact with people in the community who
have issues which need addressing, so they have a point of contact to discuss
There being no further business the meeting closed at 6pm.
Date of next meeting
6.30pm Monday 12 March – Council Offices, Newbury
6.30pm Monday 10 September – Council Offices, Newbury