Gloucestershire Police unveil plan to help strengthen relationship with black community
2:19pm Wednesday 4th December 2013 in News
GLOUCESTERSHIRE Police has revealed a draft action plan intended to improve the relationship between officers and the black community in the county at a meeting in Tredworth on Monday night.
A research team was set up earlier this year to explore the reasons why satisfaction with Gloucestershire Police was lower in this demographic group than other sections of the community.
Disproportionate use of stop and search, a discourteous service from some officers and a lack of cultural awareness were amongst the factors identified.
The findings of the report were discussed at a public meeting in October and at Monday's meeting in Parry Hall officers revealed how they plan to tackle the problem.
A raft of proposed actions were suggested, including a review of every stop and search carried out on black people, a quarterly community update on the number of stop and searches performed and the publication of information about every formal complaint and outcome.
During a workshop members of the community also proposed their own suggestions, including increasing the number of officers attending community and youth events to break down barriers and the use of stickers on police vehicles asking the public if the officers are doing a good job.
Superintendent Emma Ackland said: "We're determined to work with the community to drive this forward and it is vital for us to listen and make appropriate changes. Ultimately I want to improve our relationship with the black community.
"We will publish the draft action plan on our website in the New Year and it will hopefully be formally agreed by the black community at the next meeting which is scheduled for January 27. At that stage I will be asking for members of the Community to volunteer to be involved in each theme of work with the police."
"For me this is all about officers knowing that every interaction with a member of the public counts and that each contact leaves a lasting impression."