Posted on Friday 20th October

Cheshire Constabulary has showcased its commitment to the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community by hosting this year’s annual National Black Police Association (NBPA) Conference.

The conference took place Wednesday 18 – Thursday 19 October at Chester Town Hall.

The conference was a celebration of BAME representation in policing and saw delegates from across the country come together to develop, support and bring about good relations between the police and BAME community.

The conference took place during Hate Crime Awareness Week with the aim of exploring the dynamics of ‘hate’ in post-Brexit Britain.

The theme of the event was extremely topical and gave attendees the opportunity to develop mature conversation on Brexit, race, and the effects on policing and the BAME community.

The purpose of the conference was to identify and offer constructive solutions from a BAME perspective and encourage positive conversation on race hate within the community, policing hate crime, and the influence Brexit has had on the BAME communities and workforce.

The two-day long event also included an informal march in uniform through Chester.

Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick said: “It is a real honour to be hosting the annual NBPA Conference in Cheshire, giving us the opportunity to showcase our commitment to the BAME community.

“The challenge faced by all forces is to ensure the police service is reflective of its communities, they are confident in the decisions we take, and feel they truly have a stake in how we police the county. The conference allowed us to develop positive conversations and identify and offer constructive solutions.

“I would like to thank the National Black Police Association for allowing us to hold the conference this year. It truly was a privilege and I hope all attendees not only took away some key learning but enjoyed Chester, the event, and built new relationships.”

Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane said: “It was a great honour for Cheshire Constabulary to host this prestigious event.

“One of my key policing priorities is to deliver ‘a service connected to our communities’  and I am committed to working with the constabulary to achieve a workforce that represents, reflects and therefore connects with the communities we serve.

“The NBPA Conference was a wonderful opportunity to share and learn good practice with colleagues from around the country, I hope that those who attended the conference had an enjoyable time and we have been able to build essential relationships with our BAME communities.

Click the image below to view the highlights from the day.