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

  • (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.

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 DiversityDirector of the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, School of Law, Universit

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

 


10:15 - 10:25 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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10:25 - 11:00
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

    10:50 – 11:00 Questions and Discussion

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Dr Jonah Bury Project Manager, NatCen

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Jeffrey DeMarco Research Director, NatCen

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11:00 - 11:25
Coffee and Networking Break

 

11:25 - 12:10
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

Speakers

Kasia Bitter Talent Management Lead, North Yorkshire Police

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12:10 - 12:40
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
  • Reviewing the impact of austerity cuts on staff retention of minority groups

    12:30 – 12:40 Questions and Discussion


Speakers

Superintendent Ann Bell, Police Scotland Leads the Positive Action Team Leads the Positive Action Team, Police Scotland

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12:40 - 13:40
Networking Lunch

 

13:40 - 14:10
Focusing on Attracting, Retaining and Progressing BME Groups

 
  • 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 - 14:40
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

Ubaid Rehman Policy and Strategy Lead, Metropolitan Police LGBT Network

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Yassine Senghor Client Account Manager, Stonewall

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14:40 - 15:05
Focus on Attracting, Retaining, and Progressing those with Disabilities

 
  • 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 - 15:35
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 Police and Crime Commissioner, Staffordshire Police-Fire & Rescue

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Superintendent Sian Beck Chair, Women's Association, North Wales Police

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

 

Speakers

Professor Chantal Davies Professor of Law, Equality and DiversityDirector of the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, School of Law, Universit

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End

Speakers

Sue Arnold Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Staffordshire Police-Fire & Rescue

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Superintendent Sian Beck Chair, Women's Association, North Wales Police

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Superintendent Ann Bell, Police Scotland Leads the Positive Action Team Leads the Positive Action Team, Police Scotland

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Kasia Bitter Talent Management Lead, North Yorkshire Police

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Dr Jonah Bury Project Manager, NatCen

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Professor Chantal Davies Professor of Law, Equality and DiversityDirector of the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, School of Law, Universit

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Jeffrey DeMarco Research Director, 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 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

Central London


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