Shortly after taking office, the Commissioner commissioned a research project ‘Exploring and Improving BME Policing Experiences’, which resulted in a detailed report consisting of 30 recommendations in support of improving BME experience of policing through better engagement and being more responsive to their needs. The Commissioner has agreed to implement all of the recommendations. A copy of the report can be found here.
He has invited the Research Team to continue as a BME Steering Group and has also established an internal BME Working Group which he chairs. Progress and implementation is overseen by the Deputy Chief Constable.
The programme of work is reported to the BME Steering Group jointly chaired by Professor Cecile Wright and Sajid Mohammed on a monthly basis. The Working Group is currently focussing on three key areas: Stop and Search, Recruitment (Police officers and PCSOs) and Training.
The recommendations are intended to improve:
a) BME victim satisfaction
b) Increase BME representation within the Force
c) Improve BME proportionality with stop searches
d) Ensure effective BME community and IAG engagement