Proud to host Disabled Police Association conference

We’re proud to have hosted the annual national conference of the Disabled Police Association at our headquarters on Tuesday (5 October).

Here in the West Midlands Police we’ve 689 officers and staff who have shared with us that they have a disability, long term health condition or are neurodiverse.

The PCC and Chief speaking at the conference
The PCC and Chief speaking at the conference 

That figure is well below the average for the West Midlands which suggests that – despite winning lots of awards for our progressive policies - there’s more we need to do to make our organisation a place where people feel able to be open about their personal circumstances and to create a workplace where disabled people feel they belong. The conference was a chance to listen and learn as well as showcase what things we’re doing really well.

Delegates were welcomed by our Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster, Chief Constable Sir David Thompson and leaders of our disabled colleague network, Enable.

The conference comes as our data shows that disability hate crimes in the West Midlands have doubled since 2019/20.

A total of 352 hate crimes against disabled people were recorded across the region in 2020-21. That’s an average of one crime each day between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. But the real figure is likely to be much higher with many incidents going unreported to us.

If we’re more representative of the disabled communities we serve, people will know they we truly understand the issues they face. We hope this will give people more confidence to report hate crimes to us.

To see what career opportunities are available with us, visit our jobsite: jobs.west-midlands.police.uk

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