Chief Constable Charlie Hall backs Race Action Plan
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Hertfordshire Constabulary fully supports the new Race Action Plan being put together by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC).
The new plan complements the work already taking place within Hertfordshire Constabulary and the tri force (Beds, Cambs and Herts) units to address race disparities in policing.
Work currently underway within Hertfordshire includes a ‘Positive Action’ campaign aimed at encouraging a more diverse workforce; supporting and working with the Hertfordshire Black and Asian Policing Association; the formation of a new diversity, equality and inclusion unit within the force; work to incorporate and promote local Black history into the learning and development of staff and a special race input in student police officer training.
In addition to this anti-racism training and a new anti-racism policy launched across Beds, Cambs and Herts forces in April this year, aimed at embedding a zero -tolerance approach to discrimination in the workplace and to educate, empower and motivate colleagues to become advocates for change in the drive to tackle racism in all its forms.
All Black officers and members of staff in Hertfordshire Constabulary will also be offered the opportunity to complete the Black Workforce Survey on their experiences in policing, which is being rolled out to all forces on Monday 30 May.
Chief Constable for Hertfordshire Charlie Hall said: “I want our Black communities to have the highest levels of trust and confidence in the Constabulary. I also want policing to be a career of choice for Black people in Hertfordshire and for my Black policing colleagues to be able to rise to the highest ranks in the service. To this end Hertfordshire Constabulary is participating fully in the aims and actions of the National Police Race Action Plan.
“The launch of the National Police Race Action Plan is a clear statement by all police forces that though much has been done in past years to address racism in police and society it has not been enough.
“It is not enough for the police just to be not racist. We need to be institutionally anti-racist; to actively look at how policing works and challenge our procedures, operations and policies to remove bias, discrimination and racism.
“Here in Hertfordshire, we have been working towards these aims for some time and will use the new NPCC plan to assist and strengthen our efforts still further.”