Commissioner tenders for new diversity training to help improve Stop and Search experiences among BME communities
Stop and search diversity training within Nottinghamshire Police is now up for tender following research commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping in 2013.
The in-house training is being sought as a result of 30 recommendations for change arising from the research, which was about exploring and improving policing experiences among black and minority ethnic communities.
Commissioner Tipping commented today: “This training will have a valuable role in improving BME experience of policing through better engagement and responsiveness to their needs. The report’s recommendations included the need to improve BME victim satisfaction and BME proportionality with stop searches, and an increase in BME representation within the Force – all of which are much needed in our society.”
The training for officers will include an understanding of diversity that is related to the use of body worn video, especially in respect of stop and search and interaction with BME communities. The connection to body worn video follows a £5m award to police forces across the East Midlands by the Home Office for investment in new technology and pioneering crime investigation techniques. Nearly £1.7m of that sum is for body worn videos which will help officers to collect evidence of criminality while on the frontline, and help to defuse potentially violent situations before an officer has to resort to force.
Mr Tipping’s tender responds to a recommendation by the BME Steering Group concerning police training in respect of stop and search. Quotations are invited from external community-approved training providers to undertake the training of officers with specific regard to behaviour and attitudes over stop searches.
Quotations for the training role must be submitted by next Monday (11 May), with the contract to be awarded on 22 May. Details on how to apply are available on the Commissioner’ website: http://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/About-Us/Vacancies-and-Tenders/Tenders/Stop-and-Search-Diversity-Training.aspx
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Posted on Tuesday 5th May 2015