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Community Engagement. PC Zoë George Bradford District Community Relations Coordinator. West Yorkshire Police Community Engagement Policy. Current Policy and strategy is being refreshed

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community engagement

Community Engagement

PC Zoë George

Bradford District

Community Relations Coordinator

west yorkshire police community engagement policy
West Yorkshire Police Community Engagement Policy
  • Current Policy and strategy is being refreshed
  • Capture themes of engagement identified by McPherson, Ouseley and Dara Singh (Chair Commission on Integration and Cohesion)
  • Speak to the 6 Diversity strands
  • A toolkit for enhancing neighbourhood/Ward profiles
local context bradford
Local Context - Bradford
  • Post 1995 street disturbances – community criticised Police for lack of engagement
  • 1997 Inception of Minorities Police Liaison Committee
  • 2000 LSP commission Ouseley to examine the ‘divide’ across cultures, faith, socio-economic
  • 2000 MPLC ‘Connecting Communities’ fund
  • 2001 Bradford Riots – Ouseley’s report released
  • 2002 Community Cohesion Task Group established to examine cohesion, engagement and participation
  • Delivery Plan in place March 2003
significant priorities for police
Significant Priorities for Police
  • Hate Crime
  • Conflict Prevention Strategy
  • Minority groups/Communities of Interest
  • Recruitment of BME to WY Police
  • Reduce Community Tensions
priority hate crime
Priority → Hate Crime
  • Bradford Hate Crime Alliance and Third Party Reporting centres
  • Dedicated Hate Crime co-ordinators
  • Repeat Victimisation intervention
  • Hate Crime Scrutiny Panels – Race and Homophobic
  • Stop and Search
priority minority groups coi s appoint dedicated officer community relations co ordinator
Priority → Minority groups/ COI’s Appoint dedicated officer – Community Relations Co-ordinator
  • NRF Communities of Interest - over 30 separate COI’s on Community Safety issues
  • Lead on the Women’s General Action Plan for the District
  • Development and author of a local Protocol between Police and the Local Authority on Unauthorised Traveller Encampments and use of S61 CJPOA
  • Increased women membership on the MPLC
  • Supporting partners - Diversity Exchange, Bradford Community Accord, co-ordinating Police input to community projects.
community relations coordinator
Community Relations Coordinator
  • Community Safety input to the ‘Welcome to Bradford’ booklet for European Migrants to the District
  • Co-ordinated an MPLC project exploring views of young people on ‘Gang Culture and Gun Crime’
  • Work with WYP Diversity Training and Muslim Women from the communities to tailor specific training for Bradford North NPT officers
  • Work with the WYPA and the Diversity Unit to identify and facilitate dialogue with COI groups and women’s groups across the district.
priority recruitment from bme communities
Priority → Recruitment from BME Communities
  • Uniformed Careers Consortium

All uniformed services working together

  • Connecting Communities Fund

MPLC Radio programmes and active BME recruitment events

  • Dedicated officer at Force level

Police Inspector with port folio for BME recruitment

priority reduce community tensions
Priority → Reduce Community Tensions
  • National Intelligence Model
  • Collation of Community Intelligence
  • Community Impact Assessments
  • Police/Council Tension Monitoring meetings
  • District Community Intervention Cell - Policy, Protocols and Best Practice considerations for engagement during critical incidents
  • Localised Diversity Training with Community Contributors
  • Weekly Bradford District Tension Indicator Report (BDTIR) to National Community Tension Team in London
successes
Successes

Community Intervention and Engagement Strategies are transferable

  • Race relations
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Major incidents, large scale evacuations
  • Counter Terrorism related activity
lessons
Lessons
  • Effective marketing of Policing success stories
  • Too much credence to self appointed community ‘leaders’
  • Engage elected members throughout critical incidents
  • Know the ‘gatekeepers’ to communities
future considerations
Future Considerations
  • More flexibility needed around mechanisms for consultation and dialogue
  • Need for sustainable consultation and engagement activity with some COI’s on specific issues
  • Transparency around specific Policy Procedure and Practice i.e. Terrorism Act
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