PCC welcomes the new president of the National Black Police Association
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson recently welcomed
the new president of the National Black Police Association to the
West Midlands. Also in attendance were representatives from West
Midlands Police's Black and Asian Police Association (BAPA).
The meeting higlighted the progress made by West Midlands
Police, however highlighted a number of areas for improvement, such
as the retention and progression of BAME police officers and staff,
and the importance of engaging with young people to continue to
build trust and confidence.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson
said: "West Midlands Police are leading the way in ensuring our
police service is truly representative of the population it serves
and protects. My own office leads by example, with over a third of
staff from BAME backgrounds. This demonstrates that change is
possible and I will continue to work closely with the force, and
BAPA to drive further improvements in the number of BAME
From left to right: Inspector Kin Devi, PCC David Jamieson,
NBPA President Tola Munro and Chief Inspector Karen
President of the National Black Police Association, Tola Munro
said: "With a diverse population of over 2 million people, of whom
nearly a third are BME, it's important that West Midlands Police
reflects its communities. I am pleased that PCC David Jamieson is
seeking to develop his BME staff and officers via a Talent
Management programme and by using Buddying schemes. I will follow
their progress with interest."
Chair of West Midlands Black and Asian Police Association, Karen
Geddes said: "The PCC continues to be a strong advocate of the need
to ensure the police reflects the community it serves, a value
which is reflected in the office of the PCC where 37% of the
workforce are from BAME backgrounds.
This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the
murder of Stephen Lawrence and 20 years since the MacPherson report
into police. We have seen some progress on the race agenda
particularly around recruitment however there is more work to do
to. BAPA will continue to work alongside the PCC and West Midlands
Police to ensure we develop an organisation which reflects the
community we serve."