Police race action plan leader praises Bedfordshire’s approach
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The programme leader for the police race action plan has praised Bedfordshire Police for its “determination and commitment to supporting Black communities” as the public consultation on the landmark plan draws to a close.
Deputy Chief Constable Tyron Joyce visited the force’s headquarters this week for a briefing on Bedfordshire’s approach to the plan, a national project which aims to build trust and confidence between the police and Black communities.
DCC Joyce said: “Being here and seeing Bedfordshire’s plan has demonstrated that this is fundamentally about effective, intelligent and efficient policing.
“I was really pleased to see the wealth of evidence that demonstrates your determination and commitment to supporting Black communities.”
Diversity Support Group chair Sgt Mo Nassar, tri-force positive action lead Sam Alexander and inclusivity manager Lucy Sitton, as well as people and workforce Chief Inspector Jenni McIntyre-Smith, were invited to be part of the visit, ensuring they were fully sighted on the direction of the force and to talk through a whole host of initiatives underway here in Bedfordshire.
The force outlined how it is trying to make the culture within policing more inclusive, attract and develop more officers and staff from diverse backgrounds, as well as overhauling how it investigates misconduct.
DCC Joyce also heard about the wide range of independent scrutiny the force has, its work to improve community relations as well as how police powers like stop and search and use of force are monitored in Bedfordshire.
Bedfordshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Trevor Rodenhurst said: “I know everyone in the force would want to thank DCC Joyce for his time, support and insight this week.
“This was a really useful, open and challenging conversation which highlighted areas we are doing exceptionally well on, as well as areas where we can go even further.
“Our commitment to this plan and its objectives is unwavering. We are determined to be a police service trusted by all our communities.”
The national plan devised by the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs Council outlines a series of commitments forces across the country will make.
Taking a zero tolerance approach to any racism in policing
Adopting an ‘explain or reform’ approach to address the negative impact and outcomes experienced by Black communities
Ensuring all officers and staff understand the history of policing Black communities and the ongoing impact and trauma of disproportionality
Recruiting and developing a more representative workforce
Increasing the involvement of Black communities in its work and improving support to Black victims of crime
A public survey to give feedback on the plan closes on Sunday (28 August).