Today is the beginning of Black History Month.
The University of Bristol, Bristol Students’ Union and local media outlet Bristol24/7 have marked the occasion with the publication of a Bristol BME Powerlist – naming 100 of the city’s most inspiring people.
The list features Kermal Singh, our very own Avon and Somerset Black Police Association General Secretary, for his outreach work with young people of BME backgrounds to ensure they understand and trust the police, as well as encouraging them to consider policing as a career.
Kermal said: “It is really positive and important that local community leaders and influencers are being recognised in this very visible way.
“I’m honoured to be named on the list and highlighted as one of many people in this city working hard to address inequity and break down barriers for BME people in our local government, public services, education establishments, businesses and even in the arts and media.
“We live in a society that is becoming more and more culturally diverse and it is vital that the views and experiences of people from all communities are represented.”
Throughout October we will be getting involved in lots of events including an Inclusion and Diversity Workshop at SGS College in Filton on Monday (October 8), The Link event at UWE on October 24 and an opportunity to “Meet the BPA” at a public services recruitment event at the Malcolm X Community Centre on October 30.
All year round our Diverse Recruitment team run a programme of community outreach, discovery workshops, application workshops and mentoring schemes to support applicants from diverse communities who want to join Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
We work closely with our Black Police Association and other staff support groups such as the Women’s Network, LGBT and Disabled Police Association in Avon and Somerset Constabulary to advise us on policy, procedure and engagement to help us work towards becoming a more inclusive, diverse and representative employer. We want to be an employer of choice for people from all of our communities.
During the next five months we have a series of Discovery Workshops in Bristol East which local people can attend with their families and friends to find out more about policing and the employment opportunities available at Avon and Somerset.
Here is a full list of the dates and times of our remaining Discovery Workshops:
St Paul’s Learning Centre – Tuesday October 30 – 6 to 8pm
94 Grosvenor Road, St Pauls, BS2 8XJ
Easton Community Centre – Wednesday November 14 – 7 to 9pm
Kilburn Street, Easton, BS5 6AW
Barton Hill Settlement – Tuesday December 4 – 7 to 9pm
43 Ducie Road, Barton Hill, BS5 0AX
St Werburgh’s Centre – Tuesday January 15 2019 – 7 to 9pm
Horley Road, St Werburgh’s BS2 9TJ
Malcolm X Community Centre – Tuesday February 12 2019 – 7 to 9pm
141 City Road, St Pauls Bristol BS2 8YH
To come to one of our Discovery Workshops please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Black Police Association you can email BPA@avonandsomerset.police.uk