Members of the public are invited to get involved in a new men’s advisory group.
The aim of the group is to improve the quality of policing by being the critical link between the community and the police.
The group is part of the force’s violence against women and girls (VAWG) strategy and will sit alongside a separate group for women – but it will draw on men’s experience of issues such as domestic violence and discuss how they can be affected.
Violence against women and girls is a national area of focus for policing, but it is important that the impacts of this on men are also considered.
Men are traditionally less likely to report domestic violence related offences, so it is important to consider how the national conversation on violence against women and girls could further discourage men from coming forward as victims.
The men’s group will discuss how men can be part of the solution to make things better for women and girls, as well as creating an environment where men can discuss the specific challenges for male victims of crimes such as domestic abuse and identifying the barriers that prevent men from reporting.
Both groups will focus on three key priorities: 1. Increasing trust and confidence in policing 2. Pursuit of perpetrators 3. Creating safe spaces (in private, public, online and schools)
Who can apply?
This is a voluntary role. We welcome applications from all members of all the diverse communities within Derbyshire.
We need you to be:
aged 18 or over
living or working in Derbyshire
interested in policing
able to volunteer for a few hours every couple of months
willing to share your opinions and advice.
We are looking for people from all walks of life, with experience either in their personal or professional lives. It may be that you have views because you’re a parent, carer, or grandparent, or perhaps you work with victims or support people as part of a faith group. Anyone is welcome and we believe everyone has something to offer.
You don't need any specialist qualifications - just an interest in your local area.
Members would have to commit to regular attendance. The unpredictable nature of policing means that occasionally, members may also be called if specific issues arise.
Further information about the advisory groups can be found in the attached Terms of Reference.
Once we reach a sufficient number of people for each group, the aim is for the first meetings to take place in late November 2023, however this may change.
If you are interested in applying for this voluntary role please read the Terms of Reference guide: