Tackling Race Disparity & Championing Equality & Diversity in Policing and Criminal Justice

The APCC’s work on race disparity and equality, diversity, and human rights (EDHR) is led by Alison Lowe OBE, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in West Yorkshire, and John Campion, the PCC the West Mercia.

A key function of our work in this area is to support our members in meeting their legal duties under the Equality Act; to this end, in December 2021 we published an Equality Framework for our members, which has been endorsed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.A picture of five police officers

The APCC also provides our members with access to data to help inform their work locally, such as the Summary Disproportionality Tool produced by the Youth Justice Board

Alison and John have also brought a number of APCC Leads together in a Working Group to lead on and implement the APCC Action Plan on Race Disparity. They are also both active participants in the Programme Board of the NPCC and the College of Policing Race Action Plan.  

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"This is a positive step in advancing equality and promoting good relations between the police and communities at a time when it’s needed more than ever. The Framework has the potential to help Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), elected Mayors and their Deputies, and other police governance bodies to hold Chief Constables to account, and improve public trust that the police and wider criminal justice agencies are working to protect and serve all communities"

Jackie Killen, Director of Regulation, Equality and Human Rights Commission 

Resources and Publications

apcc-equality-framework-for-pccs-2021-22.pdf, 0.37Mb
apcc-race-disparity-working-group-action-plan-2022.pdf, 0.20Mb
rdwg-action-plan-nov_2020v2.pdf, 0.17Mb
race-disparity-in-focus-1.pdf, 7.30Mb

Latest News

NPCC and College of Policing’s Race Action Plan

APCC Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Leads, respond to the publication of the Race Action Plan.

Alison Lowe, APCC Joint Lead for Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

Alison Lowe OBE responds to the publication of the Race Action Plan: Improving Policing for Black People.

Stephen Lawrence Day 2022

Remembering Stephen Lawrence

APCC Leads respond to IOPC report on stop and search

Joint Leads of the APCC's Race Disparity Working Group respond to IOPC report on stop and search.

A message from Alison Lowe for International Women's Day 2022

International Women's Day 2022 #BreakTheBias

ICVA committed to ensuring ICV schemes are focused on equality and diversity

Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) are a crucial part of the PCC scrutiny role.

Tackling race disparity in policing and the criminal justice system

The APCC's Race Disparity Working Group has published its latest action plan.

Addressing issues which disproportionately impact Black communities is the best way to build trust and confidence

APCC Lead on EDHR Alison Lowe penned a blog for Black History Month

EDHR Lead Alison Lowe sickened by 9% increase in hate crime

Almost 125,000 incidents of people being victimised last year simply because of who they are.

Videos

Alison Lowe, APCC Joint Lead for Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

Alison Lowe OBE responds to the publication of the Race Action Plan: Improving Policing for Black People.
24/05/2022

Stephen Lawrence Day 2022

Remembering Stephen Lawrence
22/04/2022

A message from Alison Lowe for International Women's Day 2022

International Women's Day 2022 #BreakTheBias
07/03/2022

Alison Lowe, APCC Lead for Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (1)

Alison was part of the 'Confidence & Consent' session.
02/12/2021

Pastor Lorraine Jones, Founder and CEO of Dwaynamics

Pastor Lorraine Jones participated in the 'Confidence and Consent' session.
02/12/2021

Alison Lowe, APCC Lead for Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

Alison is the new APCC Lead for Equality, Diversity and Human Rights & Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in West Yorkshire.
26/08/2021

CONTACTS IN THE APCC TEAM

Richard Denham - Policy and Political Group Manager

Leads on Equality, Diversity & Human Rights.

Richard also provides secretariat support to the Labour Police and Crime Commissioners’ Group.

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Eddie Smithwick - Senior Policy Officer

Leads on Mental Health & Custody, Prevention and Emergency Services Collaboration.

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Andy Tremayne - Senior Policy Manager

Leads on Workforce Development, Citizens in Policing and Police Standards & Leadership. 

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Ella Thomas - Senior Policy Manager

Ella leads on Victims and the Criminal Justice System

Email ella.thomas@apccs.police.uk