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Citizens Commission hears of improving BME relationships with Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Citizens

Paddy Tipping, Rt Hon Dominic Grieve PC QC (Chair) and Sajid Mohammed

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping today (Monday, 7 March) spoke of the extensive work he has done since his election in 2012 to improve relationships between black and Asian communities and Nottinghamshire Police.

He was attending The Citizens UK Commission on Islam, Participation & Public Life which is investigating the extent to which Britain has incorporated its Muslim citizens, and to consider how the Muslim community could better engage and participate in public life.

Much of Commissioner Tipping’s work has stemmed from his early commissioning of a study into ‘Exploring Policing Experiences.’   Published in July 2013, all 30 recommendations were agreed by him and the police.

In his written submission to the Citizens Commission, Mr Tipping detailed changes and progress made since then, including fewer Stop & Search encounters. Nottinghamshire now has the third lowest rate for stops and searches, with many more resulting in a positive outcome. These changes mean that a young Asian male in Nottingham is now less likely to be stopped and searched than those of a similar age from other backgrounds.

Mr Tipping also described his work to ensure that Nottinghamshire Police’s workforce better reflects the communities it serves. BME recruitment to the force increased from 4.69% in 2013 to 15.62% in 2014/. Currently, eight per cent of Special Constables are from BME communities and over a quarter (26%) Police Cadets are from those communities. 

Mr Tipping also told the Commission that, as of 21 December 2015, 17% more BME victims were reporting hate crimes compared to the previous year, highlighting increased confidence in the police.

Neil Jameson, director, Citizens UK said: “Our mission is to develop the capacity and skills of communities so they become involved and politically active for the common good. It’s in the interest of the country as a whole to have a vibrant civil society that challenges and holds those in power to account. Yet Citizens UK’s current experience is that Muslim leaders are retreating from public life, fearful of being tarnished as extremist simply for having faith and groups who work with prominent Islamic institutions are being pilloried for partnering with alleged extremists.

“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to include the Muslim community in our work; with the result that this disadvantaged community is distanced from the mainstream further still. Inclusion in democratic action is the best alternative to apathy, sectarianism and to violence. We hope that following a period of listening and reflection the commissioners will develop a series of recommendations that civil society and other sectors including government and business can act upon to reverse this trend of alienation.”


Editor Information

  • Nottinghamshire Police has the best rate for the number of stop and searches where reasonable ground not recorded i.e. only 3% sampled
  • Nottinghamshire Police has the 3rd lowest rate for stop and searches per 1000 population and many more stop and searches result in a positive outcome
  • Nottinghamshire Police has the 4th lowest rate for use of Taser per 10,000 population
  • HMIC recently rated Nottinghamshire Police ‘Good’ for legitimacy which includes stop and search
  • BME applications to Nottinghamshire Police increased by 60% in 2014
  • BME recruitment to Nottinghamshire Police increased from 4.69% in 2013 to 15.62% in 2014
  • BME representation has increased from 3.9% to 7.5% for Special Constables
  • Stop and Searches are much more proportionate for BME communities (reduced disproportionality by 22%)
  • More victims are reporting hate crime (+17%) as of 21 Dec 15 compared to previous year.
  • Diversity Training provided to frontline officers by BME training provider to address unconscious bias in relation to stop and search
  • Nottinghamshire Police is now a Stonewall top 100 employer
  • Positive action is being taken by the force to develop and advance BME staff


Media Enquiries:   Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401



Posted on Monday 7th March 2016
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