The Force hopes to attract around 20 people to join its new BME Advisory Group to act as a 'critical friend'.  The new group complements the Force's six existing Independent Advisory Groups, which already offer advice on a range of issues, but are not representative of specific communities.

Sergeant Ronnie Lungu, who chairs Wiltshire's Black Police Association, is inviting members of the public from BME communities across Wiltshire and Swindon to apply.

"I'm looking for people who are willing to give us feedback and insight around specific topics where a BME perspective is particularly valuable.  This includes police priorities such as proportionate use of stop and search, encouraging greater reporting of hate crime and ensuring our recruitment approaches encourage people from diverse backgrounds," he said.

"I'm particularly keen to hear the voices of younger people from black, minority ethnic communities who often don't come forward, as well as individuals who may be part of their local mosque or church, or simply someone who is interested in community relations and feels they have something to contribute to local policing, "he added.

The launch coincides with the first Stephen Lawrence Day, a national annual day of commemoration held on 22 April, the date of the young black teenager's murder in 1993.  February saw the 20th anniversary of the publication of the landmark Macpherson Report.  The issues stemming from the inquiry are still very current today, including improving community relations between the police and public, increasing workforce diversity and positive action to support recruitment, retention and progression of police officers and staff from underrepresented groups.

If you identify yourself as black, Asian or minority ethnic and would like to help, go to https://www.wiltshire.police.uk/BMEGroup for more information, or please email Sergeant Ronnie Lungu at BMEAdvisory@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

Published on Monday 22 April 2019  12.06

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