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​Police officers team up with council for mentoring scheme

News   •   Oct 02, 2020 14:05 BST

Officers from the Central West BCU have signed up to a program run by Westminster City Council which offers BAME staff the opportunity to mentor senior colleagues.

The scheme was originally launched by the council in 2019. It has proven so successful that Chief Superintendent Helen Harper, the BCU commander, has united with council leaders to pilot the initiative in the Met.

The Police and Local Authority Mentoring Scheme will be trialled following its launch on Wednesday, 30 September with an evaluation period to follow.

Chief Superintendent Helen Harper, said: “We already work really closely with our colleagues at the council to police in partnership and do everything possible to reduce crime, tackle anti-social behaviour and deal with what matters most to both local residents and the wider communities we serve. 

“The communities we look after across Westminster are incredibly diverse; this scheme will offer us the opportunity to build on our relationships with partners, enable us to see our policing through the perspective of others and hopefully open up new pathways to address concerns and any issues that come to light. We get to see our policing and leadership through another lens, it’s a really exciting project.

“Initially, eight of my officers will be assigned individual mentors and I hope that we will be able to learn from each other. The ability to listen and evolve is at the heart of local policing.” 

Cllr Rachael Robathan, Leader of Westminster City Council, said: “Reverse mentoring schemes like this have worked really well at the council allowing us to identify and address any concerns around diversity, inclusion, and discrimination. It’s heartening that our police are supporting such a ground-breaking project.

“Our vibrant and diverse communities makes Westminster the great city it is. We hope this and other similar initiatives will strengthen relationships between local police officers and our community.”

+ The Central West BCU covers Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham.