Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott is among a host of criminal justice experts taking part in a conference to review the progress made in Nottinghamshire to improve diversity across policing.
The MP will be chief speaker at the fourth annual conference of Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping’s BME Steering Committee at Nottingham’s Marcus Garvey Centre on Saturday 17 March.
The Committee was set up as a result of independent research commissioned by the PCC into the perceptions and experiences of policing within Nottinghamshire’s BME (British Minority Ethnic) communities.
The research, carried out in February 2013 by Professor Cecile Wright, aimed to improve BME satisfaction, increase BME representation within Nottinghamshire Police, improve BME proportionality of stop and searches and promote more effective BME and Independent Advisory Group community engagement.
The findings set out 30 recommendations for change which the PCC agreed to review and implement and the annual conference is held to update stakeholders on current progress.
Mr Tipping said: “This conference brings together a variety of experts to share the outcomes of our work to encourage inclusivity and cohesion within our communities. We want to ensure residents across Nottinghamshire’s diverse communities feel valued, supported and accepted by their local police force.
“The event will also look closely at the Force’s work to achieve true representation across its departments and promote equal opportunities.
“The Shadow Home Secretary will use her experience to give us valuable insight into the work underway nationally to nurture positive relationships across Britain’s culturally-diverse communities.”
The event, which runs from 9.30am until 4.15pm, will include presentations from Senior Police Officers, Professor Cecile Wright and the PCC as well as senior police officers.
Following each presentation, there will be the opportunity for contributions from the audience during a Q&A.
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Posted on Wednesday 28th February 2018