Study into police race relations out today

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A new study that aims to improve relations between police and black and ethnic minority communities will be released today.

The research project examining Nottinghamshire Police’s relationship with the county’s black and ethnic minority (BME) community was carried out to evaluate perceptions of policing among them and how effective the force is in addressing the issues.

It was commissioned by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, as he promised before his election last November.

One of the aims of the research is to build greater trust so that more BME residents feel confident to report crime.

The three-month study was led by Professor Cecile Wright, from the University of Nottingham’s school of sociology and social policy, and looked in detail at a range of indicators including victim satisfaction rates, recruitment figures within Nottinghamshire Police and the force’s stop and search statistics.

Professor Wright is expected to acknowledge examples of excellent police work, but emphasise that there is room for improvement in the way the public and police engage with and relate to each other.

It is thought she will recommend the introduction of an action plan to tackle hate crime and a supervision system whereby the 
performance of police officers and PCSOs is regularly monitored to observe how they execute their duties.

Professor Wright is also expected to recommend a review of the force’s stop and search strategy, weighing up its value as a crime detection measure against the negative impact on community relations, and to introduce more effective diversity training to all employees.

Mr Tipping said he was looking forward to receiving the report. “This project was commissioned so that corrective action can be taken to restore confidence and trust in the force from the perspective of our BME residents and I am very keen to see the recommendations set out in Professor Wright’s report,” he said.