Joint Church-Police event attracts fifty black and ethnic minority recruits
Fifty people from black and ethnic minority communities signed up to begin the process of becoming police officers, at a ground-breaking recruitment seminar in Nottingham on Saturday.
For the first time the Anglican Church, Black and ethnic minority churches, other faith communities, Nottingham Citizens and the Police joined together to specifically target more talented black and ethnic minority recruits to join the force as Police Constables.
The one-day recruitment seminar took place on Saturday 12th October at God’s Vineyard Church – a Nigerian Pentecostal Church – hosted by pastor Ezekiel Alawele and attended by various faith communities. Chief Constable Chris Eyre had extended this invitation to the Anglican Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Revd Tony Porter and Nottingham’s BME faith leaders: ‘I would like faith leaders to help shape the future of policing in our communities by bringing to the event as many talented potential recruits as you can, people who you believe would make great police officers and want to serve our communities through policing.’
Over recent months the Chief Constable has been involved in a series of meetings with faith leaders to discuss their concern over better reflecting the communities they serve, and numbers of black and ethnic minority Police and PCSO recruits have increased as a result, but he made it clear that he wanted to attract even more.
Following the seminar, which was delivered as one of the force’s positive action initiatives, allowed under section 159 of the Equality Act 2010, Chief Constable Eyre said:
“It was a wonderful event, initiated by the Bishop, led by the Black Majority Churches and delivered by the faith communities of Nottinghamshire. The inspirational testaments given by minority officers, both experienced and new, about what policing meant to them was something I will never forget. The fifty people who signed up to become police officers on Saturday show how important the event was to them. They will go through the selection process but with support from their churches, faith communities and our recruitment team a number of them will become police officers within the next few months.”
The Rt Revd Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood commented: “I was overwhelmed by the response to the seminar. Having been a Police Chaplain in Moss Side for 10 years I know from personal experience how important it is that the police draw their officers from ethnic minority communities. I applaud the initiatives of Chief Constable Chris Eyre in being pro-active in seeking to recruit from ethnic minorities.”
Photo: Bishop Tony Porter with Notts Chief Constable Chris Eyre and Police recruits Kayley Oppon-Kusi and Ronnie Landa
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