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Commissioner recognises the contribution of BAME Development Champions

Last Updated: 30/09/2019

This week Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael held the first of a series of recognition events to acknowledge the ongoing commitment and support of officers and staff in ensuring that we are representative of the communities we serve.

The first members of staff to be recognised were DC Fay Rowlands (Central BCU), DC Krishna Chauhan (Eastern BCU), PCSO Sian Lloyd (Western BCU) and DC Laura Mogford (Northern BCU). All four were put forward by the BAME Recruitment Team for going the extra mile and becoming Development Champions alongside their day job. As Champions, they give up their spare time to help BAME candidates through the recruitment process and offer continuous support from application form to assessment centre, and where recruited, help to provide a sense of family for candidates as soon as they start.

During the event, when discussing personal experience and the importance of the Development Champions to South Wales Police, Fay Rowlands stated:

"Having that point of contact within the organisation is crucial. There are a lot of white members of the force who have family working here, generations worth. When I started, BAME people didn't have that and which is why the BAME Team is so important - it gives people that sense of family."

Speaking after the event, Commissioner Alun Michael said:

“In setting out his principles for policing in 1829, Sir Robert Peel highlighted the importance of ensuring that ‘the police are the public and the public are the police’ and this has never been more relevant than it is today.

“Our communities have told us about a past reluctance for BAME people to consider policing as a career for a number of different reasons, which is why the contribution of the Development Champions is so important in breaking down barriers and supporting the recruitment, retention and progression of BAME candidates. We have to make the future if we are not to be trapped in the past.

“We have made positive strides in recent years and I was extremely pleased to have the opportunity today to be able to take some time to recognise and personally thank these four individuals for their effort and commitment. With their ongoing support and that of like-minded colleagues across South Wales Police, we will be able to ensure that we are representative of the communities we serve.”

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