Here's what APCC Lead for EDHR, David Munro, had to say following the "Policing our diverse communities and having a workforce that reflects those that we serve”, conference:
“It was fantastic to see so many people come together today at the APCC, NPCC (National Police Chiefs' Council) and CoP (College of Policing) conference.
“With over 150 representatives from PCC offices and police forces across the country in attendance to hear from speakers including the Policing Minister and Linbert Spence OBE, Director for the Centre for inclusive Leadership, I felt there was a real commitment in the room to driving progress on one of the key goals of our Policing Vision 2025: to ensure that the police service can attract, recruit and retain a workforce with the right mix of experience and skills it needs to be effective. For me, it really focused my mind on the important role that we as PCCs play, in terms of providing collaborative challenge to our Chief Constables, and ensuring that workforce diversity is a priority for all our forces.
“As discussed on the day, many challenges lie ahead in bringing about the change we need. However as Linbert observed, equality is about everyone: today provided a real opportunity for us all to identify the steps we must take to ensure that forces are not only representative, but truly understand the communities they serve.”
NPCC Lead on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said:
“I was delighted with the huge success of the conference and have received much positive feedback. The speakers on stage were excellent and it is clear there is real momentum in policing for change. It is now incumbent on Chief Constables to ensure leadership turns the Strategy into action”.