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New recruits learn the importance of engaging with communities

July 11, 2018
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The force has recruited heavily over the past two years and is now closing in to the target of 2,000 officers by April 2019.

The new recruits, as part of their training, will be working with community leaders and local youngsters to find out how policing impacts on their communities.

Chief Inspector Suk Verma said: "Understanding the needs of diverse communities across Nottinghamshire is a priority for any officer at Nottinghamshire Police.

"We want to work with local people and hear directly from members of our black and minority ethnic communities and young people, to see how our interactions impact on policing in their community, as well as getting to know the perceptions of our new and emerging communities.

"Our new recruits will be meeting community members to embed the importance of engagement and understanding the needs of the communities within the quality service they will be providing.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for them to get a true picture of the issues and difficulties facing our local people, how we can work closer with them, and how their views can help us to break down barriers in the future.

"I see this as a vitally important area to develop new recruits. Quite often we focus on the visible representation of those wearing uniform, but perhaps we forget that it is just as important to ensure that all our workforce have a deeper understanding of cognitive diversity, and personally develop and learn about new communities that they will be serving, which they perhaps have never encountered in their life to date.

"I'd like to thank new Community Cohesion Co-ordinator Gurmit Kaur for pulling this together along with PS Al Roper from the force's training school."

The force have arranged a number of events at Hyson Green Boys Club throughout the summer, with the first event on Tuesday 10 July 2018.

CI Verma added: "Community engagement is so important in modern policing and these local events will be crucial to offer them the opportunity to interact from day one of their new careers. This will only benefit us as an organisation."

For more information please contact Gurmit Kaur by emailing: gurmit.kaur5525@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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