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High profile speakers join Commissioner for race relations conference

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is to join academics, community leaders and politicians for a high-profile conference examining the relationship between Police and the BME community.

The annual Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Steering Group Conference is taking place in Nottingham next month and will feature presentations from a host of race experts to discuss the changes that have been implemented since the PCC commissioned the ‘Exploring and Improving Policing Experiences’ research study in July 2013.

MP Keith Vaz, Chair of the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee, will deliver a speech on the progress made in race and policing in the UK since the Race Relations Act was introduced 50 years ago while Deputy Chief Constable Sue Fish will cover the specific issues and challenges facing policing in Nottinghamshire. 

Other presentations include a Stop and Search update by Superintendent Paul Burrows, the Metropolitan Police perspective delivered by Superintendent Robyn Williams from the Met and a Hate Crime discussion led by Sajid Mohammed, Nottingham Citizens, and Maxine Robinson from the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission.  

Speaking ahead of the conference, Commissioner Tipping said: “There is a lot of positive work underway in Nottinghamshire to improve the relationship between the Police and our BME population so that we can better serve our communities’ individualised needs.

“This conference will enable us to share some of the outcomes of the work undertaken by Professor Cecile Wright and her team at the University of Nottingham’s school of sociology and social policy. It will also give us a chance to listen and learn from the considerable national expertise available at the event to identify further areas of work needed to enhance engagement and increase the volume of positive experiences among victims of crime from the BME community.”

Professor Wright added: “This is the second conference aimed at engaging the Black and Ethnic Minority community across Nottinghamshire, which offers the opportunity for the community to give feedback on their experience of the police service. In addition, the work towards wider community involvement gives credence to the desired outcome of policing by consensus.”

The BME Steering Group, led by Commissioner Tipping, comprises academics, community group representatives and policing experts and was set up to oversee implementation of the policy recommendations as a result of the 2013 research project.

The conference, which is being held at the ACNA Centre on Saturday, March 19, is an opportunity to update the community with the developments and progress made since the initial report and collect feedback on the work taking place.



Media Enquiries:    Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401


Posted on Wednesday 24th February 2016
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