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PCC offers her platforms to community leaders in support of Black History Month

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has given her communication platforms over to community leaders from the Black community in support of Black History Month.

Black History Month in the UK has been celebrated for over 30 years, originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made in the country over generations. Now Black History Month has been expanded to include the history of all black people and highlighting their contributions and achievements.

“Black History Month, is always a time to reflect, celebrate, educate and listen in terms of the huge contribution of our black communities to British life and public service, including in policing. This year’s Black History Month is arguably the most significant we have had over the past three decades, following the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Commissioner Holloway.

Conroy Downer is the Project Manager at Reactiv8, an organisation that has a wide service range for programmes directly supporting individuals and communities across Bedfordshire. They support individuals suffering Domestic Violence, support people back into the workplace and develop the confidence and skill sets of young people in schools. Conroy will be using PCC Holloway’s platforms to share his message to the community about the importance of positivity.

Mr Downer said: “Anyone can create the life they deserve as there are no limits. Once we remove our mental barriers all is possible.”

PCC Holloway has been working to help National Police Chiefs Council Chair, Martin Hewitt, and Bedfordshire’s Chief Constable, Garry Forsyth, in relation to race and progressive policing.

“Listening has been a key element for me as I have been running a project called '100 Conversations' which started in the immediate aftermath of the death of George Floyd in the US. I have been speaking with black residents from all over Bedfordshire regarding their experiences of policing here and elsewhere and hearing constructive suggestions to improve the relationship between policing generally, and this force specifically, in relation to our black communities.

“A core theme from these conversations was that opportunity to communicate and build trust and understanding was core to community success. This is why I have given my communication platforms to leaders I work with from the Black community, who can then share their significant contributions and messages to a different audience,” added Commissioner Holloway.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) will be working with local people from black communities to share their work and voice on the Commissioner’s platforms for Black History Month. For more information or to get involved, please contact the OPCC via email
PCC@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk. To find about more about the work of Reactiv8, please visit www.reactiv8.org.uk/.