Today marks the start of Black History Month and, as in previous years, we will be recognising this event and what it represents, while celebrating the achievements of our own officers and staff of colour.
The challenges facing our Black and Asian communities and members of staff continue to be a priority for the force and we are committed to tackling racism and discrimination across the county’s communities, while also championing a culture shift across our force.
This is a work in progress and much has already been done to achieve this this.
There are a number of events taking place across October and you are welcome to participate in as many as possible.
The programme of activities across the month includes:
SNT Inspector race and inclusion Caribbean luncheon listening groups
To run throughout the month.
Treat your team to lunch courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary and reflect over some of the issues facing people of colour today. Contact Chief Inspector Jon Roche for any further support.
West Herts College collaboration – understanding Black History Month
- Contact PC Sandra Smith.
Tuesday 12 October – ‘Proud to Be’ celebration event
Being held at HQ from 9.30am until 3pm. The first part is open to HBAPA members and the second part is opened to all on a first come, first served basis.
- Contact HBAPA Network.
Wednesday 13 October – recognising and celebrating Black LGBTQ+ people at work celebration
Thursday 14 October – Caribbean canteen takeaway or eat in lunch
Taking place in the canteen at headquarters – enjoy a Caribbean lunch. There are 100 meals to give away on a first come, first served basis. Advance bookings only. The menu will be sent out via the Sports & Social Club and can be booked through the canteen.
Contact PC Sandra Smith.
Tuesday 19 October – development and retention day
This is a virtual event and is open to all Black, Asian and minority ethnic officers with less than three years’ service. The day focuses on inclusion, confidence and support and will include a variety of guest speakers talking about their journey, the barriers they overcame and the hard work they have displayed in getting to their positions. The second half of the day will involve equipping the attendees with the information, tools and support to achieve.
Contact Sergeant James Punter.
BHM web page
This year, we have set up a special intranet site dedicated to BHM. Here you can find update on events and useful information. We would also like to use it to showcase the work that is being done by our officers and staff out in the communities, so please email Corporate Communication anything you want to share.
A message from Chief Constable Charlie Hall on Black History Month 2021