More than 100 people attended the second conference to bring people from different faiths together organised by Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Bedfordshire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Dan Vajzovic was among the attendees at Tuesday’s (20 June) event at the Rufus Centre in Flitwick, alongside local faith groups, school leaders and councillors.
Aimed at community leaders, the event sort to engage with faith groups and provide a space for people to forge new relationships, while hearing from Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Festus Akinbusoye and senior police officers.
“I am pleased to have delivered a second successful conference, bringing together a number of prominent community members that showcase the vast diversity of Bedfordshire’s residents,” said Mr Akinbusoye.
“This, now annual, event is just one of the proactive ways I am working to improve community engagement and relations between local authorities and residents, while providing an open and transparent communication platform in line with my police and crime plan.
“While the office and policing remain at the forefront when it comes to tackling crime and reducing reoffending, we are cognisant that community leaders can play a crucial role n amplifying our efforts. Hosting events like these is how we gain the support of our community and build trust and confidence in the work we’re doing to make Bedfordshire a safe and welcoming county for all.”
Also in attendance was Superintendent Hob Hoque, Bedfordshire Police’s lead for community policing, the force’s Lead Chaplain George Hadley and Crimestoppers South East Regional Manager Annabelle Goodenough.
Mr Hadley said: “For all faiths and none, and for all without exception, we work on the fact that is what we share and hold dear.
“Our diversity outweighs any difference between us – so we all work together for the benefit of all.”
In addition to the PCC, guests heard from key speaker Stefan Jones, founder of UK charity Onwards and Upwards who showcased XO Bikes, an inspiring initiative that employs ex-offenders to refurbish and resell old bikes.
The event concluded with a Q&A panel where community members were able to ask questions to a panel, which included the Mr Akinbusoye, DCC Vajzovic and other speakers.
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