Assistant PCCs host PAPA meeting
As part of the push for West Midlands Police to reflect the
communities it serves, Assistant Police and Crime Commissioners
Ashley Bertie and Judy Foster hosted the quarterly meeting of the
Positive Action Practitioner Alliance (PAPA).
The event focused on leadership, culture, recruitment, retention
and progression of BME officers and staff.
PAPA supports the National Police Chiefs' Council's strategy on
diversity and inclusion, working to ensure all police forces look
more like the communities they serve and protect.
Guest speakers at the quarterly meeting included Sharon Harding
and Janine Wratten from the College of Policing discussing direct
entry, Emily Milne from Police Now covering positive action and
Inspector Belinda Glover from West Midlands Police discussing
West Midlands Police is in the process of recruiting 800 new
officers following a PCC pledge. More than 3,200 people applied, of
which more than 1,000 (33 per cent) were from BME communities -
higher than the general West Midlands BME population percentage of
Assistant PCC Ashley Bertie said: "It is vital
that we have a police force that reflects the communities it serves
- and West Midlands Police is leading the way on this nationally,
with our recent recruitment drive praised by the Home
"It was an hour to host the quarterly meeting of PAPA, which
does excellent work in ensuring police forces up and down the
country are more diverse and inclusive."