Improving Policing Together – Driving forward our Race Action Plan
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As we work towards our vision, to be an excellent police force trusted by all our communities, Thames Valley Police (TVP) is seeking further feedback from members of the Thames Valley’s Black communities, as we extend consultation on our interim Race Action Planover the summer.
We need to hear more views from these communities in particular, who have historically lacked trust and confidence in policing, this follows recommendations from our Independent Scrutiny and Oversight Board (ISOB).
Our TVP Race Action Plan aims to improve engagement with minority ethnic communities, especially our Black communities, and of our own workforce, and address any racial disparities in the service.
Throughout July and August, we will be taking advantage of events and cultural festivals happening across our force area which present opportunity to speak with members of our Black African and Black Caribbean communities, their thoughts will help hone the final iteration of the Race Action Plan, due to be published in October.
This important work is being led by Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Dennis Murray, Lead for Legitimacy and Public Value supported by the force’s Community and Diversity Officers (CADOs).
TVP’s CADOs work alongside colleagues within our Neighbourhood teams, are trusted points of contact for community members. They help co-ordinate organisational response to community concerns, including management of hate crime and legitimacy matters. Their work forms a vital link between the community and the police.
ACC Murray encourages involvement: “This summer let’s improve policing together. We are working incredibly hard to produce a meaningful and engaging final plan, ensuring it addresses issues of local concern, as well as national objectives.
“In July and August, if you are from a Black African or Black Caribbean community, please reach out to your local CADO to learn more about all the engagement activities that are taking place in your area, take opportunity to share your thoughts by completing our survey. Together we will help foster trust and confidence, positively impacting challenging areas of policing.”
Get involved this summer, have your say in our interim Race Action Plan:
Read our interim Race Action plan: we encourage you to read our interim plan and explore the different actions we want to take to better our relations with our diverse communities.
Complete our anonymous feedback form about the plan: Let us know your thoughts about our interim plan: complete form here
Engage with our Community and Diversity Officers (CADOS) at community events:
Our TVP CADOs are working hard to engage with and build relations with our diverse communities across the Thames Valley, driving forward our commitment to be an excellent police force, trusted by all our communities.
Below are some of the community events our CADOs will be attending this summer to raise awareness about our interim Race Action Plan:
5 August, AfroFest, Calcot event;
5 August, Kenyans in Reading Family Funday event, Ibis Health Club, Scours Lane;
5 August, Reading Mela, Palmer Park.
6 August, Slough Mela, Upton Court Park
12 August, Big Park Hangout Youth event Campbell Park
To find out more about TVP's Race Action Plan and for event updates throughout summer, visit our Race Action Plan page.
Note to editors:
Please note that ACC Dennis Murray is available this summer for interviews related to TVP’s interim Race Action Plan. To book interviews, please email [email protected]