Key Points
  • BME and Gender, recruitment, inclusion and progression
  • A trailblazing case study of an award winning public sector diversity body who have and continue to use methods of encouraging diversity and fostering inclusion
  • Legitimizing and building trust within the police and society
  • Issues of diversity within the police nationally and the prospects of building a more representative force in the future
  • Staff networks as a method of fostering inclusion of groups such as LGBT, BME, Gender and disabilities within the workforce
Guest of Honour

Wendy Williams HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services

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Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • Wendy Williams, HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services
  • Rachel Bacon, Assistant Chief Constable, Northumbria Police
  • Bee Bailey, Ambassador for Trans progression, European LGBT Police Association
  • Dee Collins, Chief Constable & President, British Association for Women in Policing
  • Nigel Colston, Chief Inspector & Vice-Chair, Disabled Police Association, Avon and Somerset Police
  • Sarah Dimmock, Diversity Manager, Cumbria Police
  • Dr Robert Gurney, President, Disabled Police Association
  • Janet Hills, Detective Sergeant MPS & Chair, Metropolitan Black Police Association
  • Rozila Kana, Equality & Diversity Officer & Staff Association Co-ordinator, Lancashire Constabulary
  • Lynda Kelly, Equality & Diversity Adviser, Nottinghamshire Police
  • Dr Kenisha Linton, Senior Lecturer in Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour, University of Greenwich
  • Mark Lomas, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, High Speed Two
  • Elsa Mak, Detective Sergeant & Chair of the Chinese and South East Asian Staff Association, Metropolitan Police
  • Tola Munro, President, National Black Police Association
  • Peter Rigby, Police Constable & Co-Chair, National Police LGBT Police Network
  • Hermann Trepesch, Diversity Adviser & Chair, BME Staff Association SPACE

“...A police service is more effective if it reflects the society it serves...” The Police and Crime Committee

There are a greater number of BME officers than ever before, yet still only make up 6.3% of police officers in England and Wales compared to 14% of the population; Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire police officers have been given the option to wear gender neutral headgear, yet there are still cases of LGBT discrimination. There are a record number of female police officers and yet are still under-represented in senior ranks.

Our Diversity in the Police event, created after in-depth research with leading specialists, stakeholders and past delegates, will examine issues surrounding Diversity within the police.

The idea that the ‘police are the public and the public are the police’ highlights the necessity to have a police force that is representative of the area they are policing, to build and maintain trust with the public.

Who should attend

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

08:15 - 08:50
Registration

 

08:50 - 09:00
Chair's opening remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Kenisha Linton Senior Lecturer in Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour, University of Greenwich

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09:00 - 09:30
Keynote Speaker

 
  • How to help police forces to represent the communities they serve
  • Addressing the lack of diversity among senior police officers

- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

Speakers

Wendy Williams HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services

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09:30 - 10:25
Attracting BAME into the police

 
  • Increasing the number of BAME
  • Encouraging BAME into the Police
  • Progression into senior leadership

- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

Speakers

Janet Hills Detective Sergeant MPS & Chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association

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Elsa Mak Detective Sergeant & Chair of the Chinese and South East Asian Staff Association, Metropolitan Police

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Tola Munro President of the National Black Police Association

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Hermann Trepesch Diversity Adviser & Chair of the BME Staff Association SPACE

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10:25 - 10:55
Encouraging People with Disabilities in the Police

 
  • Attracting those with disabilities into the police
  • Fostering an Inclusive atmosphere for disabled workers

- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

Speakers

Dr Robert Gurney President of the Disabled Police Association

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Nigel Colston Chief Inspector at Avon and Somerset Police & Vice-Chair of their Disabled Police Association

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10:55 - 11:25
Tea & Coffee

 

11:25 - 12:20
Encouraging Women into Senior Leadership

 
  • Challenges for women in the police
  • Encouraging women to pursue a career within the police
  • Progression of women into senior leadership

- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

Speakers

Dee Collins Chief Constable & President of the British Association for Women in Policing

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Rachel Bacon Assistant Chief Constable of Northumbria Police

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Sarah Dimmock Diversity Manager at Cumbria Police

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12:20 - 12:50
Case Study: High Speed Two

 
  • Pioneering methods of diversity and inclusion
  • the impact of 'blind auditioning'
  • Implementing strategies from recruitment to progression
HS2 is the largest infrastructure project in Europe employing over 1,300 people, it has one multiple ENEI awards, including overall winner 2017 - public sector. Mark Lomas and his team implemented pioneering methods from the beginning, including a ‘blind audition’ system ensuring diversity from the outset. HS2 acknowledge the benefits of a diverse workforce and aim to see diversity throughout the organisation from hiring, procurement and progression. 

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Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

Speakers

Mark Lomas Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, High Speed Two

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12:50 - 13:30
Networking Lunch

 

13:30 - 14:00
Religion and Diversity in the Police

 
  • Diversity and understanding religion
  • Understanding complex crimes  
- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

Speakers

Rozila Kana Equality & Diversity Officer & Staff Association Co-ordinator, Lancashire Constabulary

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14:00 - 14:55
LGBT Inclusion

 
  • What are the barriers for LGBT inclusion within the police
  • Impact of staff networks as a means to inclusion

- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

Speakers

Bee Bailey Ambassador for Trans progression, European LGBT Police Association

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Lynda Kelly Equality & Diversity Adviser, Nottinghamshire Police

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Peter Rigby Police Constable & Co-Chair of the National Police LGBT Police Network

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14:55 - 15:00
Chair's closing remarks

 

End

Speakers

Rachel Bacon Assistant Chief Constable of Northumbria Police

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Bee Bailey Ambassador for Trans progression, European LGBT Police Association

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Dee Collins Chief Constable & President of the British Association for Women in Policing

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Nigel Colston Chief Inspector at Avon and Somerset Police & Vice-Chair of their Disabled Police Association

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Sarah Dimmock Diversity Manager at Cumbria Police

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Dr Robert Gurney President of the Disabled Police Association

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Janet Hills Detective Sergeant MPS & Chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association

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Rozila Kana Equality & Diversity Officer & Staff Association Co-ordinator, Lancashire Constabulary

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Lynda Kelly Equality & Diversity Adviser, Nottinghamshire Police

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Dr Kenisha Linton Senior Lecturer in Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour, University of Greenwich

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Mark Lomas Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, High Speed Two

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Elsa Mak Detective Sergeant & Chair of the Chinese and South East Asian Staff Association, Metropolitan Police

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Tola Munro President of the National Black Police Association

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Peter Rigby Police Constable & Co-Chair of the National Police LGBT Police Network

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Hermann Trepesch Diversity Adviser & Chair of the BME Staff Association SPACE

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Wendy Williams HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services

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Venue details

Central London - Westminster Central London - Westminster


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