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Hertfordshire to launch race and inclusion board

The force are currently recruiting volunteers from across BAME communities in Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire are in the process of creating a new Race and Inclusion Board which will give members of the public a chance to scrutinise and give advice on race disparities affecting BAME people. 

The board will primarily assess the force’s progress and commitment to the College’s Race Action Plan which, launched in May, is currently out for consultation. 

The board will be supported by the Chair of the Herts Black and Asian Police Association and members will have the opportunity to attend and observe police operations, observe some operational, tactical and strategic meetings and even take part in ride-alongs. 

Volunteers will come from Black communities in Hertfordshire. 

Superintendent and Race lead for Hertfordshire Constabulary, Nev Hanks, explained: “The board will be updated on how the constabulary is progressing against the action plan. 

“We want to be fully inclusive and representative of our Black communities, so are appealing for anyone interested in becoming a member to get in touch.” 

Meanwhile, the Race Action Plan will be updated in December following a period of consultation. It sets out a number of commitments and actions designed to make the police service “anti-racist”, having accepted that policing “contains racism”. 

Under the plan, every force in England and Wales will need to review their policies, procedures and practices, embedding an "anti-racist stance."

The aims are to ensure Black people and communities are properly represented within policing, not over-policed, routinely involved in the governance of policing and not under-protected. 

The plan proposes an “explain or reform” approach - meaning that where disparity cannot be adequately explained, the expectation is that it should be changed. 

Every Chief Constable has signed up to the plan.

The programme director of the NPCC Race Action Plan DCC Tyron Joyce previously told Police Oracle: “Some people would be content for this to be an argument around two words [institutional racism], because it then avoids very difficult consideration of some of the underlying problems that we've got. I'm trying to push past that; this is simply about effective policing that improves confidence in Black communities.

“We're very good at challenging obvious bias, we now need to look at some of the unconscious bias and processes that we've got.

“This is just about delivery of a fairer service. This is about us showing our professionalism - not woke, not tick box.”

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