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Street Watch is a community-led initiative based on street patrols carried out by members of the public with no police powers.
Groups are managed by a volunteer co-ordinator who keeps a volunteer list and provides advice, guidance and support in consultation with the local police.
Volunteers patrol in pairs and register each patrol on a website. The neighbourhood policing team can look at the website before the patrols take place. If volunteers spot suspicious activity they should report it to the police but not get involved.
Members of Street Watch must be 18 years or older.
Neighbourhood Watch is one of the UK’s largest community crime prevention initiatives. It is not run by the police, but has dedicated members of staff working with it.
Every Neighbourhood Watch group is different because each is owned and run by the people of its community. Members of the public and their neighbours come together to make their area a safe and pleasant place to live.
Groups decide what measures to take because they know what their community needs best. Local groups also draw on support from police, local authorities, fire and rescue services, the voluntary sector and other volunteers.
Independent Advisory Group (IAG)
An Independent Advisory Group (IAG) is a self-governing group made up of people from local communities who provide independent advice to the police.
Groups reflect the make-up of our communities and members have a connection with a particular community or communities and an understanding of the issues relevant to them.
Membership of the group is on a voluntary basis. IAGs cover a geographical area and only policing matters within the policing area will be discussed.
To find out more about an IAG in your area, please call 101 and ask to speak to the Consultation and Engagement Officer for your area.