|Today saw Cheshire Constabulary host a conference to embrace the diverse communities of Cheshire.The aims of the conference were to create a forum to discuss the policing needs of diverse communities and to improve links and collaboration with partners.Chief Constable, Simon Byrne said, “Cheshire is a rich tapestry of diverse communities all with different policing needs. Regardless of race, religion, sexuality, physical or mental wellbeing or gender, Cheshire Constabulary is here, when they need us, where they need us. This conference is the first step in making sure we understand those policing needs and how we can meet them.”
Speakers at the event provided the audience who are representatives of diverse communities with informed guidance about the Equality Act 2010 and what that means to both Cheshire Constabulary and the communities it serves. The event provided the audience with the opportunity to take part in discussions and question the panel of speakers.
The event was opened by Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer and was part of the Working Together campaign. John Dwyer said, “In my Police & Crime Plan, I have placed great importance on ensuring that policing is equitable and fair but also that it ensures that the needs of diverse communities are appropriately served and any barriers to doing so are overcome.”
The conference launched a programme of consultation events to ensure all the communities of Cheshire have the opportunity have a say in the future development of the organisation’s Equality objectives.
Attendees at the event included minority community groups, faith leaders, Partner agencies, hate crime specialists and volunteers all concerned with developing engagement and increasing confidence with our minority communities.
The outcomes of the event will be used to inform the new force Equality Objectives and help to develop a workforce that represents the population it serves.