At Thames Valley Police, our mission is to protect our communities with a vision to be an excellent police force trusted by all our communities. We are more inclusive, more diverse, and more reflective of our communities than we have ever been, however we must not be complacent.
The work currently under development in our force focussed on diversity and inclusion was recently acknowledged in the latest HMICFRS report; from senior leaders promoting an inclusive and supportive force culture, to frontline officers consulting with members of the Black community, together we are improving policing.
This Race Equality Week, with its topic of ListenActChange, as a Bronze Race Equality Matters Trailblazer, we are proud to launch the latest iteration of our force’s Race Action Plan, shaped by the recommendations of our ethnic minority communities.
A summer of consultations
In summer 2023, we conducted a third public consultation phase for our local Race Action Plan, with the aim of engaging further with our Black communities and getting an in-depth insight into their understanding of our plan, and their recommendations for it. Throughout the consultation:
As part of the force’s objective to improve local community policing and engagement with seldom heard communities, our force has been busy driving forward our Race Action Plan.
We would like to thank everyone who gave us their feedback as part of the consultation process, and ultimately helped to shaped the Race Action Plan.
Learn more about this public consultation from our TVP Race Action Plan newsletter.
Our latest Race Action Plan
The responses received during all phases of public consultation have allowed us to develop our plan to its current state.
Today we are delighted to publish the latest version of our Race Action Plan, setting out our plans and priorities for the years ahead.
ACC Dennis Murray: “As the Chief Officer leading this vital piece of work, and being fully supported by our Chief Constable Jason Hogg, I am resolute that the Race Action Plan is lifted from the page and turned into demonstrable action that improves the way we deliver policing services for and builds the trust and confidence of our ethnic minority people and communities within the Thames Valley. Ethnic minority communities will only have confidence to engage with us and join us if they are reassured that this is not a ‘tick box’ exercise. I can reassure them that it is not, and delivery of the plan outcomes is essential to ensuring the culture of Thames Valley.”
Why is the Race Action Plan important?
Our Race Action Plan focusses on four workstreams, enabling our minority ethnic communities and colleagues to feel:
The service we provide to our communities and the environment we create for our people must be actively anti-racist, anti-discriminatory and inclusive for all.
We encourage all members of our communities to visit our Race Action Plan page to learn more about the plan and about the various ways in which they can get involved.
From sharing information about the plan with family and friends and raising awareness, completing our anonymous survey, to attending community events, we can all play a part in driving forward our Race Action Plan.
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