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Professor Chantal Davies

Professor Chantal Davies is Professor of Law, Equality and Diversity at the University, as well as Director of the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, which is based within the University of Chester Law School. She recently chaired the ‘Diversity in the Police’ Conference in London.

The event aimed to explore ways to make policing more inclusive – and to address the national challenge of attracting, maintaining and progressing diverse applicants within police forces, to ensure that they are fully representative of their communities. Case studies included innovative methods to encourage diversity actively across the police force.

It was attended by around 50 people from across UK Police, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Ministry of Justice. Speakers included a keynote presentation from Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, who is the national lead for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion for the Ministry of Defence Police and the National Police Chiefs’ Council. He spoke on reviewing the importance of a representative police force and its impact on society. After the conference, the Ministry of Defence Police tweeted a quote attributed to him, which was: “A great opportunity to discuss diversity and inclusion within policing – both in the national context and in terms of how we can all influence positive change in forces locally”.

Other speakers on the day included Tola Munro, the President of the National Black Police Association; and Ann Bell, who leads the Positive Action Team for Police Scotland. Superintendent Bell’s speech explored the effectiveness of the ‘Positive Action Strategy’ and reviewed the impact of austerity cuts on staff retention of minority groups.

Professor Davies said: “It was an honour to chair such an interesting, informative and positive conference promoting diversity in the police force, and it was great to see such a variety of organisations from across the UK represented. To quote the conference organisers: ‘a culture that is inclusive, diverse and fair creates an effective and valued workforce’. The purpose of the day was to evaluate successful strategies to attract and retain minority groups, with a particular focus on Race, Gender, Disability, and LGBTQ, and I hope that all attendees went back to their organisations feeling suitably inspired to make a positive difference.”




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