I joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC (now Police Service of Northern Ireland) in 1999 and spent my first 8 years in a response team before moving to the Armed Response Unit for 10 years. I recently was successful on fast track Constable to Inspector and have been completing various rotations in force, the last being a Detective Inspector in CID.
I attended my first NBPA meeting in July 2016 and was elected onto the Cabinet as Sponsorship Co-Coordinator in October 2017. I was then elected as Male Vice President in October 2019 and took over as Interim President in June 2020.
My vision for future direction of the NBPA is about moving from critical friend to a strategic driver for race in policing. The NBPA are uniquely placed to bridge the gap between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and the police. We are community members as well as police officer and staff and our lived experiences can help the police understand the needs of diverse communities.
I want to focus on 4 pillars around representation, engagement, powers and policies and support. Within these I hope to create consistency across all UK police forces, accountability with independent scrutiny at a local community level and an education piece for our workforce and communities to gain a better understanding of each other’s perspective.
By listening instead of defending our own positions, we will become more legitimate and build trust and confidence which should provide more information on emerging crimes trends and those casing most harm to our more vulnerable and marginalised communities.
Janet HILLS is the Chairperson of the Metropolitan Black Police Association (MetBPA) and a serving Police Officer with 29 years’ service. She has held a number of posts on the MetBPA Executive, including First Contact Support Coordinator and General Secretary before becoming the first female Chairperson of the Association in 2013. Janet joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1991.
Janet Hills was the President of the National Black Police Association (NBPA) between 2015-2017 and now holds the reserve seat on the NBPA Cabinet.
NBPA Role: Vice President
Staffordshire Role: Equality & Inclusion Officer
I am the Equality & Inclusion officer at Staffordshire Police working within HR.
I’ve always had the desire and motivation to help others and help those who feel disempowered.
Throughout my life I have experienced discrimination whether it was as at school, or my third day at work in uniform. These experiences have made me somewhat resilient and driven my desire for equality and equity.
I moved into the field of HR and positive action in 2015 and look to support officers and staff who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic – BAME as well as help to raise awareness of issues and topics that may affect BAME officers and staff and the BAME communities that we serve.
Organisational Development Coordinator Lancashire Constabulary HQ
2017 Parliamentary Candidate Conservative Party Denton and Reddish General Election 2017
Conservative Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Workington constituency covering Workington, Silloth, Aspatria, Maryport and Cockermouth. General Election 2015
Previously Project Manager for Association of Chief Police Officers (Terrorism and Allied Matters) managing an EU Commission funded Counter Terrorism Project in partnership with The Netherlands, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Belgium.
Previous experience in Counter Terrorism Branch in Lancashire Constabulary and in Hate Crime and Diversity Unit and Communications.