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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


Community Intervention and Engagement Strategies are transferable

  • Race relations

  • Criminal Investigations

  • Major incidents, large scale evacuations

  • Counter Terrorism related activity


  • 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