The Police and Crime Commissioner has a legal duty to seek the views of local people about their policing priorities. Throughout the year, we offer people a variety of different ways to become involved, and have their say. This includes: postal and on-line surveys, meetings, focus groups and independent advisory groups.
The Commissioner currently runs a Strategic Independent Advisory Panel for Minority Communities (IAPMC). This group consists of people recruited from the community and have no connection with the police service.
The Panel provides the valuable role of critical friend to the Police Force / Police and Crime Commissioner, not as an independent group but as a forum where Independent advisors can give independent advice on the development and review of policy, procedure and practices identified by the Police and Police and Crime Commissioner in partnership with the IAPMC. The role is not one of formal scrutiny, but ensures the policies, procedures and practices of the Force meet the strategic aims of the Equality Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR) strategy and provide a safeguard against the service disadvantaging any section of the community through lack of understanding, ignorance or mistaken beliefs.
To advise the Police and Crime Commissioner , South Yorkshire Police and relevant partners on working with and delivering accessible and responsive policing related services to black and minority ethnic communities.
Members of the Independent Advisory Panel for Minority Communities (IAPMC) will assist in assessing the impact on minority communities of implementing new and existing policies and services;
- Monitor and review performance on promoting equality in all areas of policing
- Advise on ways to maintain and increase the trust and confidence of minority communities in policing
- Advise on effective ways of engaging with minority communities
- Network and proactively engage with minority communities in order to advise on current BME and policing issues
- Recommend options / solutions on any issues raised
- Advise on improving police and community relations
- Act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Commissioner and provide support to ensure minority community issues are reflected in the PCC’s police and crime plan