Officers have taken part in a local community forum event to reassure residents about the measures being taken to tackle violence against women and girls.
Sergeant Dan Bales, of the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, was the guest speaker on Monday 28 March at a virtual community event hosted by the Welwyn Hatfield Unity of Culture forum.
The forum aims to bring together the diverse communities of Welwyn Hatfield and give them a voice. It is run independently but supported by local partners such as the police who are also invited to attend.
The event centred around the issue of violence against women and girls, with Sergeant Bales answering questions from the public.
Also in attendance was Welwyn Hatfield Chief Inspector Kash Hussain, who is passionate about improving the trust and confidence that ethnic minority groups have in policing.
Chief Inspector Hussain said: “Events like these are a great way of engaging with the community and hearing about their views. We are committed to making sure Welwyn Hatfield is a safe place for women and girls. Please be assured that lots of work is being carried out to achieve this, including working with local partners to improve lighting and cut back vegetation in areas where women and girls feel vulnerable.
“It was great to see so many people dialled in to the forum and I would like to thank the Unity of Culture for inviting us along. The forum presents a fantastic opportunity for those from ethnic minority communities to be heard by their local public services and I encourage residents to get involved.”
Daniella Divina Broomes, Founder and Chair of the Unity of Culture Forum, said: “This was a really useful event as the public were able to ask questions first-hand to Sergeant Bales. We endeavour to have more of these events, providing the ethnically diverse communities and individuals the platform to use their own voice to hear updates and hold all local services to account.
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