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Police relations with BME communities examined by Home Affairs Committee

21 July 2020

The Home Affairs Committee takes evidence on police relations with BME communities on Wednesday 22 July as part of its inquiry into the Macpherson report: Twenty-one years on.

Purpose of the session

The Committee hears from serving police officers and community leaders about their perspectives on current relations between the police and BME communities. The session examines a range of new initiatives that have been introduced by both community leaders and police forces to foster more honest and transparent discussion, with a particular focus on the disproportionate use of police powers, including stop and search, on BME communities and the impact that this has had on relations.

The session will look at different programmes, research and training that both community leaders and the police are exploring to bring police and BME communities closer together: to improve BME confidence in the police service and also to provide an opportunity for police officers to hear from and better understand BME community perspectives.

Witnesses

Wednesday 22 July 2020

At 10am:

  • PC Adam Ahmed, Leicestershire Police
  • Inspector Dan Popple, West Midlands Police

At 11am:

  • Sayce Holmes-Lewis, Founder and CEO, Mentivity
  • Pastor Lorraine Jones, Founder and CEO, Dwaynamics: Dwayne Simpson Foundation CIC
  • Bishop Derek Webley, Co-Chair, Windrush Cross-Government Working Group

Further information

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