25/09/2019

Cleveland Police Wins Public Sector Award at Tees Valley BME Awards

Cleveland Police Positive Action Team has won the Public Sector award at the annual Tees Valley Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Achievement Awards.

Members of the team attended the annual event and won the award on Friday 20th September at the Jury’s Inn Hotel in Middlesbrough.

Speaking of the awards, Assistant Chief Officer, Brian Thomas, said: “I am so proud of the officers and staff who have collaborated together to work on the Force’s first ever Positive Action campaign, in order to attract, develop and recruit BME individuals into a career in policing.

“The work undertaken to achieve this award began in January this year, initiated by Superintendent Yakoob Teladia who had conducted a review of the Everyone Matters department and was overseeing the overall Equality, Diversity & Inclusion agenda. 

“A tremendous amount of hard work and effort has gone into the campaign including creating BME workshops and interacting with hundreds of people from diverse communities in universities, colleges, mosques, libraries and community centres across Cleveland and the North East.

“Each of the hard working and dedicated individuals involved in this team has gone above and beyond to achieve this award.

“This process plays a critical role in ensuring that the Force is delivering on its commitment to have a workforce that is truly representative of the communities we serve.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, who sponsors the awards ceremony, said: “It has been a long-term objective of my Police and Crime Plan to ensure Cleveland Police establish a clear commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and in 2015 I issued the Force a specific requirement to make progress in this area.
 
“The result was the Everyone Matters strategy – a plan to celebrate diversity, challenge inappropriate behaviour and support communities.
 
“An important part of this work is to ensure Cleveland Police looks and sounds like the communities they serve, allowing them to provide the best possible service to the many diverse communities we have living and working in Cleveland.
 
“It was brilliant to be at the awards on Friday to see Cleveland Police recognised and I’m delighted that people who may never have considered a career in policing before are now applying to the Force.”