Key Points
  • BME, Gender, Disability and LGBT+ recruitment, inclusion and progression
  • Reviewing Positive Action strategies
  • Learning methods of encouraging diversity and fostering inclusion
  • Issues of diversity within the police nationally and the prospects of building a more representative force in the future


Overview
"The police are the public and the public are the police." Sir Robert Peel, founder of the Metropolitan Police

Confirmed Speakers

  • Keynote: Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, Ministry of Defence Police and National Police Chiefs Council Lead for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

  • (Chair) Professor Chantal Davies, Law, Equality and Diversity, Director of the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, University of Chester
  • 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
  • Kasia Bitter, Talent Management Lead, North Yorkshire Police
  • Ubaid Rehman, Policy and Strategy Lead , Metropolitan Police LGBT Network
  • Dr Ceri Davies, Research Director, Communities, Work & Income Team, 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 in attracting and progressing diverse applicants in efforts to ensure police forces are fully representative of the area they are policing. A culture that is inclusive, diverse and fair creates an effective and valued work force.

Join us this September as key figures unite to explore strategies, evaluate lessons, and ultimately review police diversity workforce issues. 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 recruitment, retention and progression. Gaining insight into ensuring you attract and retain minority groups, with a particular focus on BME, Gender, Disability, and LGBT+, we will look at successful ways to break down the barriers and tackle resilience nationally .


Agenda
Start

09:15 - 09:45
Registration and Refreshments

 

09:45 - 09:50
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Chantal Davies Professor of Law, Equality and Diversity, Director of the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, University of Chester

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09:50 - 10:15
Keynote: Reviewing the importance of a representative police force and its impact on society

 
  • Arguing the moral, legal and operational imperative in a world of competing demands
  • The national strategy – How to turn strategy into action across independent police services.
  • The governance of diversity – balancing differing views
10:15 - 10:30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Wilson Ministry of Defence Police and National Police Chiefs Council Lead for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

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10:30 - 10:55
Strategies to Help Make Policing More Inclusive

 
  • Enhancing diversity within police forces across recruitment, retention and progression 
  • Attracting and keeping new officers from all groups in society
  • Taking on recommendations from evidence of good practice and initiatives

    10:55 – 11:05 Questions and Discussion

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Dr Ceri Davies Research Director, Communities, Work & Income Team, Natcen

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11:05 - 11:30
Coffee and Networking Break

 

11:30 - 12:00
Case Study: Innovative Methods to Actively Encourage Diversity Across the Police Force

 
  • Strategies and routes to match your local demographic 
  • Shifting applicants’ mindsets and educating the younger public about the polices’ open and inclusive environment 
  • How open days, practical workshops, and social media campaigns can be used to attract a diverse group of applicants

    12:00 – 12:10 
    Questions and Discussion

12:10 - 12:30
Positive Action and Creating a Nationally Inclusive Police Force: Progress and Next Steps

 
  • Exploring the effectiveness of the ‘Positive Action Strategy’: what has it achieved, and what else needs to be done
  • Strategies to help make policing more inclusive, attracting and retaining officers

    12:30 – 12:40 Questions and Discussion



Speakers

Superintendent Ann Bell Leads the Positive Action Team, Police Scotland

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12:40 - 13:40
Networking Lunch

 

13:40 - 14:00
Focusing on Attracting, Retaining and Progressing BME Staff

 
  • Indicators of IR – an example from Cleveland & Leicestershire
  • What next – how do we assist a force overcome racism?
  • Ensuring community engagement to reinforce understandings of different groups
  • Discussing how to retain BME staff in the workplace
14:00 - 14:10  Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Macdonald (Mac) Neife Chairman, Minority and Ethnic Support Association (MESA

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Tola Munro President, National Black Police Association

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14:10 - 14:35
Focus on Attracting, Retaining and Progressing LGBT+ Staff

 
  • Breaking down the barriers to attracting a diverse workforce
  • Tackling resilience nationally in order to encourage applications
  • Gaining new strategies to raise the visibility of LGBT+ staff
  • Improving retention by ensuring the right support and pathways are in place to allow career progression

14:30 - 14:40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Yassine Senghor Client Account Manager, Stonewall

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Ubaid-ul Rehman Policy and Strategy Lead, Metropolitan Police LGBT Network

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14:40 - 14:55
Neurodiversity in Policing - Focus on Attracting, Retaining, and Progressing

 
  • Breaking down the traditional 'hierarchy of diversity' and implementing a more holistic approach to diversity, where neurodiverse conditions such as autism and dyslexia are equally valued along with other diversity strands 
  • Recognising and overcoming the challenges when trying to increase diversity within the police service, particularly at higher ranks, and encouraging retention through support systems that reinforce career progression 
  • Creating a culture which values people for their strengths and offers career guidance opportunities for everyone and why this approach is necessary in a financial climate of austerity, increasing demand and new threats from cyber-crime and terrorism
14:55 - 15:05 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

John Nelson Chair, National Police Autism Association

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15:05 - 15:25
Focus on Attracting, Retaining and Progressing Women in Policing

 
  • Identifying the challenges and opportunities women face in relation to leadership positions
  • Successfully implementing strategies to support women
  • Improving retention by ensuring networks, support and pathways are in place to allow career progression
15:25 - 15:35 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Sue Arnold Deputy Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime

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Superintendent Sian Beck Chair, Women's Association and Crime Services - Director of Intelligence, North Wales Police

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15:35 - 15:40
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Chantal Davies Professor of Law, Equality and Diversity, Director of the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, University of Chester

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End

Speakers

Sue Arnold Deputy Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime

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Superintendent Sian Beck Chair, Women's Association and Crime Services - Director of Intelligence, North Wales Police

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Superintendent Ann Bell Leads the Positive Action Team, Police Scotland

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Professor Chantal Davies Professor of Law, Equality and Diversity, Director of the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, University of Chester

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Dr Ceri Davies Research Director, Communities, Work & Income Team, Natcen

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Tola Munro President, National Black Police Association

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Macdonald (Mac) Neife Chairman, Minority and Ethnic Support Association (MESA

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John Nelson Chair, National Police Autism Association

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Ubaid-ul Rehman Policy and Strategy Lead, Metropolitan Police LGBT Network

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Yassine Senghor Client Account Manager, Stonewall

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Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Wilson Ministry of Defence Police and National Police Chiefs Council Lead for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

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Venue details

Holiday Inn London - Kensington Forum 97 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN

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