How to Police Leicester?

Posted by tf97 at Feb 27, 2017 10:45 AM |
Leicestershire Police Chief Constable Simon Cole spoke at free public event about policing in our local community.

On 23 March 2017, Leicestershire Police Chief Constable Simon Cole gave a presentation on the deployment of armed police officers in busy, public places in Leicester over the Christmas period and the reasons behind the deployment. Also speaking at the same event was, Inspector Suk Verma, and firearms officers, PC Whitmore and PC Smith who gave presentations on the work firearms officers do. Chief Constable Cole, Inspector Verma and the firearms officers also took questions from the audience on the deployment and on the work firearms officers do.

The event took place at the the Race Equality Centre (TREC) in Leicester, and is the first in a series of public discussions, lectures and debates jointly organised by TREC, the University of Leicester's Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE) and CivicLeicester. The three organisations aims to facilitate conversation around issues affecting Leicester's diverse communities.

The event opened with a minute of silence to commemorate those who died in the incident that took place in Westminster on March 22.The event was chaired by DICE co-director and Race Equality Centre chair, Professor Surinder Sharma.

About The Race Equality Centre (TREC)


The Race Equality Centre in Leicester and Leicestershire (TREC) is a voluntary organisation that was established under the name of the Leicester Racial Equality Council in 1991. We exist to challenge discrimination as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and further strengthened by the Human Rights Act 1998.

You can find out more about TREC by visiting their webpage at

About CivicLeicester


CivicLeicester is a community media channel that uses video and photography to document and highlight conversations taking place in and around Leicester.

You can find out more about CivicLeicester by visiting their Youtube account at

About the Speaker

Chief Constable Simon Cole

Simon Cole took up his position as Chief Constable of Leicestershire in June 2010. Simon has led a national portfolio for the Association of Chief Police Officers ACPO on mental health and disability since September 2011. In 2012 Simon was acknowledged by the Employers' Forum on Disability as their Emergency Services Disability Champion in the Disability Standards Award. In April 2012 Simon also became ACPO national lead for the Local Policing and Partnerships Business Area. This includes local policing, 101 and contact management, citizens in policing and digital engagement. In 2013, he acted as the police adviser to Lord Adebowale's Independent Commission on Policing and Mental Health which focussed on the Metropolitan Police.

Locally Simon represents the Force on the Strategic Partnership Board, working with partners from all over the Force area to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. He also chairs the multi-agency Local Resilience Forum and the Force Executive Group, as well as representing the Force in working with the Police and Crime Commissioner. Simon leads for the East Midlands five-Force collaborative workstream on Operational Support, including IT and Criminal Justice. He is also a trustee of the Leicester Sports Partnership Trust which aims to make Leicester the most active city in England.

Simon was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the New Year's Honours List 2014.


CC Simon Cole gave a talk about policing Leicester
A view of our diverse audience during Inspector Suk Verma's presentation
Inspector Suk Verma
Policing Leicester
Chief Constable Simon Cole

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