Black History Month (October) not only gives us an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities across the county, but it also enables me to reinforce our determination to tackle racism and race hate crime.
It is also a time when we reflect on the history of our diverse communities, their key and defining moments, and the different journeys individuals will have been on. Understanding the past helps us to shape and define a more just and equitable future.
Across October, my teams of officers and staff will be involved with various engagement events, celebrations and operations across the county.
As a force we continue to focus on four key themes - education, community engagement, recruitment and progression. We have seen a significant uplift in the number of Black, Asian and minority ethic officers we are successfully recruiting and continue to provide dedicated mentors and ongoing support for these new recruits.
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our network of volunteers from diverse backgrounds, who continue to be valued ‘critical friends’ and help us to respond more effectively to the complexities of modern day policing.
I also thank our communities who support and advise us every day of the year on a vast array of cultural and religious issues. You help us see the world in a myriad of different perspectives and better understand the needs of local residents.
I am hoping Black History Month 2021 will be a celebration of what we have achieved so far and what we want to achieve going forward, as we recognise all that individuals from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities contribute.
If you are interested in what’s happening nationally please visit the Black History Month website (opens in a new window), but also do look out for updates on the Constabulary’s social media platforms:
Charlie Hall, QPM
Chief Constable Charlie Hall QPM explains how we will celebrate Black History Month