We have formed a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Advisory Group. We're looking for people of all ages 16+ from a BAME background to give us independent advice on policing

BME Advisory Group logo We're looking for people from Wiltshire and Swindon who are willing to give us feedback and insight around specific topics where a BAME perspective is particularly valuable.  This group complements the six existing Independent Advisory Groups, which already offer advice on a range of issues but are not representative of specific communities.

How can I help?

We are looking for volunteers from BAME communities to help us make sure we provide a quality service to the communities of Wiltshire and Swindon.  We need the advice of people who are willing to help us understand the issues affecting BAME communities, while questioning and challenging current practices in a constructive way.

These include:

  • Recruiting more people to come and work for the police from BAME communities so that our service is more representative and better reflects our diverse population
  • Advice on retention and progression of BAME officers and staff through the ranks once they join the organisation
  • Hate crime - what we do well and what we can do better, in particular how to get people to come forward to report hate incidents and hate crimes so that we can investigate properly
  • Stop and search - we want to keep people safe but make sure we stop people proportionately and fairly

Who can join?

BME Advisory Group meetingIf you identify yourself as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic and have a keen interest in policing and its affect on your community, we want to hear from you.  

We want you to point out any criticisms you may have, but we also want you to be able to offer suggestions about how we could do things better.

Read our information leaflet for more details about the scheme Icon for pdf About the BME Advisory Group [940.43KB]

Please complete the application form below if you are interested in applying, or email Sergeant Megan Kenzie at BMEAdvisory@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

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