Policing in multicultural cities

Posted by ap507 at Jun 26, 2017 12:20 PM |
University of Leicester to host free public lecture considering the challenges of policing Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 26 June 2017

Policing in multicultural cities will come under the spotlight during a public event at the University of Leicester at 6pm on Monday 3 July.

In partnership with The Race Equality Centre and Civic Leicester, the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE), which is a part of the University’s School of Media, Communication and Sociology, will be hosting a free public lecture considering the challenges of policing a city as diverse as Leicester.

Taking place at 6pm on Monday 3 July in Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1, the event will include a speech by Leicestershire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Simon Cole QPM. Introduced by the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle, the Chief Constable will discuss the ways in which Leicestershire Constabulary encourages community cohesion, the changing patterns of crime and how police budget reductions are affecting the police’s ability to enforce the law.

On the subject of the lecture, Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “How policing does what it does has never been more important. I look forward to talking about and discussing policing Leicester in 2017; the challenges, the opportunities, and how communities are key.”

Professor Surinder Sharma and John Williams, from the University's School of Media, Communication and Sociology, said: “Recent events in Manchester and in London both at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park Mosque have propelled discussions on policing much more in the eyes of the public and the media.

“The Police today are involved in a wide range of activities, of which detecting crime and apprehending criminals is only one part. I think that the members of the public are more directly involved about the debate about policing and what type of police force we want, especially in complex cities and counties with multi-faith and multiracial populations, where there may not always be clear agreement.

“This raises very relevant questions for debate - both for the police and the communities about: 

- what it means to have public confidence for the police and the concept of policing by consent,

- gaining local intelligence and two way communication with local communities,

- the actual make up of the police force and progress in reflecting the communities they serve,

- stop and search tactics,

- neighbourhood policing and crime prevention,

- the impact of austerity,

- the deployment of armed police on the streets,

- growth in cyber crime ,

- policing rural communities.

“The law is only part of the story here. How the police interpret legal sanction and work in partnership with local communities for the public good is also likely to be a key issue.”

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For more information, please contact Professor Sharma via University of Leicester News Centre: 0116 252 2415

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