Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner supports Stephen Lawrence Commemoration Day
The West Midlands Senior Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner
is to commemorate the death of Stephen Lawrence in Birmingham on
Ashley Bertie will use the occasion to highlight the importance
of diversity and the role young people have to play in making a
difference in local communities.
The event is being organised by West Midlands Police's Black and
Asian Police Association (BAPA) and will be held at Holford Drive
Community Sports Hub in Perry Barr.
Stephen Lawrence was 18 years old when stabbed to death in
London, on 22nd April 1993.
As well as commemorating Stephen's death, the day is also about
celebrating diversity and encouraging all members of local
communities to come together to create a range of positive
activities for young people.
2018 marked 25 years since Stephen Lawrence was murdered. Last
year the Prime Minister announced a national day of commemoration
for the murdered teenager that will take place every year on the
The day in Perry Barr will include guest speakers, including
Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Boycott, a dance presentation and a
formal parade. A free family fun day will run from 11am to 3pm with
activities including a face painting, football activities provided
by the Albion Foundation as well as talks on the impact of knife
Senior Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie
said: "I am pleased to be a part of the first Stephen Lawrence
Memorial Day. It will help ensure that local communities have
confidence in public institutions.
"The Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is working to
ensure that West Midlands Police looks like the community it serves
and I whole heartedly support this.
"We have come a long way since 1993, but there is still much
more to be done".
Chief Inspector Karen Geddes, chair of West Midlands Police's
BAPA, said: "The murder of Stephen Lawrence and the MacPherson
played a significant part in the journey of BAPA and therefore it
was only right that we acknowledged this milestone.
"I want to honour Stephen's memory and the impact on policing.
BAPA will continue to ensure his legacy continues influence West
Midlands Police to be a diverse and inclusive organisation which
reflects our community".