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The reality of policing for a black police officer

Friday 19th June 2020

As I read this story, it resonated so much with my personal experiences in my policing career, and those of other black colleagues I spoke to in my role as chair of my force's Black Police Association (a support network for black staff). This is the reality of policing for black people, which is markedly different to that experienced by white people. The main problem is that those who are charged with investigating racial st complaints often do not have the expertise or experience to recognise its many forms, often covert and perpetrated through micro aggressions. If you're not versed in what a micro aggression looks like, how can you effectively investigate race complaints? This is why change is so…

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Racism must be called out!

Friday 19th June 2020

A couple of weeks ago I did an interview with ITV Granda Reports, giving my views and reaction on the death of George Floyd and the protests in Liverpool. #blacklivesmatter https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2020-06-03/racism-must-be-called-out-the-powerful-message-at-protest-in-solidarity-after-george-floyd-s-death/

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Building a network during a pandemic

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Had the pleasure of attending the first Liverpool Ladies Network on line event. Great to see some familiar faces and meet some new people. The presentation by Judi Hastings was excellent! New ways of thinking! So good to be able to build networks and support small business during the pandemic. #networkingonline

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Thank you, Mr Van driver

Wednesday 17th June 2020

I was out for my usual morning run close to where I live, enjoying listening to the birds singing, enjoying the country scenery and breathing in some good, clean fresh air. As I was running along a lane past some farmland, I saw a white van drive past me. I didn't think anything of it. The 50 or so yards ahead, I watched the van pull into a lay-by and stop. It wasn't a place I had ever seen a vehicle pull into as it didn't lead anywhere. It looked like the driver was attempting to turn the vehicle around but then stopped. I became a little wary. As I approached the van, the driver lowered the window. I slowed…

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West Midlands D&I Forum - 23rd April 2020

Thursday 27th February 2020

Check out "West Midlands D & I Forum - Recruiting & Retaining BAME Talent" on Eventbrite! Keynote Speaker: Irene Afful MSc. Date: Thu, 23 Apr, 11:00 Location: National Express, The Coach Station https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-midlands-d-i-forum-recruiting-retaining-bame-talent-tickets-95817383373

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How Not To Do Diversity!

Thursday 27th February 2020

I so love this! There are so many organisations who like to portray black faces and women on their websites, literature and advertising campaigns, yet the true picture within the organisation is something radically different. Instead of pretending to be something they're not, organisations need to make the changes within so they can truly reflect it without. https://twitter.com/kelechnekoff/status/1232692147046014976?s=20

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Northern Power Women & The BBC 50:50 Project

Monday 3rd February 2020

I was delighted to support the BBC 50:50 Project with the Northern Power Women. The project aims at improving the representation of women as content experts on radio and TV and raising the visibility and status of women professional and experts. We women have plenty to say but are often overlooked when it comes to media output. Gender equality in media is essential for balance, exposure and role models for future generations. Let's get our voices heard!

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Liverpool Commonwealth Association Women's Forum Inaugral Conference

Monday 3rd February 2020

It was an honour to be invited to speak at the Liverpool Commonwealth Association Women's Forum Inaugural Conference hosted by LJMU. What an amazing crowd and a truly informative, information packed conference. I learned so much from the other speakers. The passion and energy was infectious! I look forward to working more closely with the association supporting its aims and vision. Well done to all involved in pulling this together! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 #womensempowerment #genderdiversity #womenentrepreneurship

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Enterprising Women Awards - October 2019

Monday 6th January 2020

It was a true honour to be awarded the Women's Organisation Enterprising Women's award in the category of 'Empowering Others'. A celebration of all I stand for in my business, empowering others to achieve their full potential, personally and professionally. It was so lovely to be recognised for my work. Thank you!

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2020 - Renewal, Values, Fulfilment

Monday 6th January 2020

January is one of my favourite months....a month of renewal and excitement for the coming year. This year even more so as we enter a new decade. The possibilities, the adventures, achieving one's vision. The year is as yet unwritten and holds hope and promise. We shouldn't leave our year ahead to pan out for itself. Who knows where it will lead...could be good, but then again it could be bad. I like to have a hand in how my year will turn out, which is why I love to set myself challenges. I prefer to use the term 'challenges' as oppose to New Year resolutions or goals. I relish challenges, they awaken a fire in me that I refuse…

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