Barnsley Independent Advisory Group

Date published: 30 April 2023 13:30

Welcome to the Barnsley Independent Advisory Group (IAG)

I am the District Commander for Barnsley, and I would like to thank you for visiting our IAG web page. The IAG in Barnsley enables us to create a genuine partnership with our local and diverse communities.

Through that partnership, our members help us to achieve our policing priorities of protecting vulnerable people, tackling crime and antisocial behaviour and enabling fair treatment. I hope that the information contained on this web page with give some insight into the work that our IAG members do, and encourage more people to join us.

Chief Superintendent Simon Wanless

Could you be a member of Barnsley’s Independent Advisory Group on policing?

If you live in Barnsley and are passionate about your community, you can become part of the Independent Advisory Group and offer a valuable contribution and input into how communities are policed.

We are looking for new members to join the existing Independent Advisory Group (IAG).  As a member you will need to have a good understanding of your communities needs and be able to attend meetings to discuss policing in the area.

Barnsley’s Superintendent Cherie Buttle said: “As a member of the IAG, you will be able to offer helpful constructive criticism and independent views, which helps develop our policing style, understand the concerns of local communities and those who may feel underrepresented in Barnsley.

“We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, and are keen to hear from those who are able to represent minority groups such as LGBT+, disabled people and those from an ethnic background.

“To join the IAG, you need to be over 16 years old, live or work in Barnsley and not be employed by South Yorkshire Police.

“The group meets together every three months and training will be given to ensure you are effective as possible as a member.

“This is a great opportunity to get involved in something that will benefit your community, including your family, friends and neighbours for years to come.”

If you are interested in joining and representing your community, please complete the IAG application form and email your completed form to Barnsley_Secretaries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk, alternatively you can post your form to:

FAO Barnsley Secretary
Churchfield Police Station
S70 2DL

Meet the Barnsley IAG Chair

Introducing Nell Stockton as the chair of the IAG.

Nell said: "I have been a manager in health and social care for Derbyshire County Council for over 40 years.

"I have been the chair of Barnsley Gender Equality Forum since 2014 and have worked with East Midlands CPS on their Hate Crime and Violence against Women and Girls Scrutiny Panel.

"I'm a Role Model for Derbyshire LGBT+ and have worked with Derbyshire Police, West Midlands Police and Colleges and Universities on Equality and Diversity issues.

"In my leisure time I'm a yacht skipper sailing in inshore and offshore."

Our next meeting:

Date:  TBA


Location:  Barnsley Police Station, Churchfield, Barnsley S70 2DL

Minutes of Meetings and Actions 

Community Challenge Board (CCB) 

In addition to the IAG, Barnsley Police also run another process in conjunction with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Rather than looking at themes and policies at a higher level as the IAG does, this group closely scrutinises individual cases of antisocial behaviour, hate crime, vulnerability, as well as examples of stop and search.

Feedback from the CCB enables the police and council to improve their service to the public, embedding a culture of learning and development for staff, rather than blame and punishment.


Follow us on social media 

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Barnsley West NPT                 @BarnsleyWestNHP

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