"The police are the public and the public are the police." Sir Robert Peel, founder of the Metropolitan Police
- (Chair) Professor Chantal Davies, Law, Equality and Diversity, Director of the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, University of Chester
- Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, Ministry of Defence Police and National Police Chiefs Council Lead for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
- Tola Munro, President, National Black Police Association
- Macdonald (Mac) Neife, Chairman, Minority and Ethnic Support Association (MESA)
- Sue Arnold, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Staffordshire Police-Fire & Rescue
- Superintendent Sian Beck, Chair, Women's Association, North Wales Police
- John Nelson, Chair, National Police Autism Association
- Ann Bell, Superintendent, Police Scotland *Winner of Police Scotland Equality Award
- Jeffrey DeMarco, Research Director, NatCen
- Kasia Bitter, Talent Management Lead, North Yorkshire Police
- Ubaid Rehman, Policy and Strategy Lead , Metropolitan Police LGBT Network
- Dr Jonah Bury, Project Manager, NatCen
- Yassine Senghor, Client Account Manager, Stonewall
Ensuring a diverse police force that is representative of the local demographic
remains a key priority for police forces. However, The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has stated that although the number of female police officers and those from (BME) origin are at a record high, they are still underrepresented compared to the communities they serve.
We are currently facing a national challenge of attracting and progressing diverse applicants
in order to ensure the police force is fully representative of the area they are policing.
A culture that is inclusive, diverse and fair
creates an effective and valued work force.
Westminster Insight’s Conference
follows on from our successful event last September. You will be reviewing police diversity workforce issues, explore strategies and evaluating lessons,
by uniting key figures who are leading the way for change.
Police Scotland’s Superintendent Ann Bell,
who heads up the award-winning Positive Action Team, will be exploring the effectiveness of the ‘Positive Action Strategy’
and reviewing the impact of austerity cuts on staff retention of minority groups.
NatCen Social Research
will share key findings from their report, including strategic ways to enhance diversity
within the police’s recruitment, retention and progression.
You will gain insight into ensuring you attract and retain minority groups, with a particular focus on BME, Gender, Disability, and LGBT+
during the second half of the day. We will look at successful ways to break down the barriers, tackle resilience nationally
in order to encourage applications, and ensure community engagement.
The conference is designed for those working or interested in the field of diversity, including: the police force and criminal justice, advocacy groups, charities, staff networks and those in human resources.