W/C 18 May 2015
Sophie Lancaster Hate Crime Event
On Thursday I joined the PCC at the Phoenix Arts Centre for a very powerful hate crime event. The event was supported by Sylvia Lancaster, whose daughter Sophie was brutally murdered for looking a bit different; she was a Goth. The film shown, Black Roses, is a stunning piece of cinema and will be on the BBC later this year.
Neighbourhood Policing, Cinnamon Network, Workplace Challenge…
The rest of the week passed in a blur; I was interviewed by Radio Leicester about neighbourhood policing, civil contingency planning and special Constables. I made the BBC end of year ‘outtakes’ show after my interview on hate crime ended early after our ‘Beatsafe’ banner proved to be not safe and fell on my head! ACC Phil Kay and I met with the faith based Cinnamon Network to discuss how they may help our demand management work. I was involved in outlining what we would want a new Bishop to do to support our work, and in agreeing what our own advert for Deputy Chief Constable will say too. I reviewed where we are with the Chief Constables’ charitable trust fund and did my Midday Mile for the Workplace Challenge.
National Volunteers Week
Next week is National Volunteers Week and is the annual celebration of the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. This year, the theme for Leicestershire Police’s Volunteers Week will be ‘The Big Clean-Up’ and will be supported by volunteers, officers and staff across the force area. More to follow next week….
Sports and Leisure
I was delighted to Chair the Force Sports and Leisure AGM. Some of you may be aware that the FS & L have also teamed up with the FHQ gym to provide exercise classes at FHQ all members of the FS & L can attend free of charge. I have added metafit and yoga to the start my day – ouch!
In April this year the final application was submitted for “Force for Sport”. Force for Sport is a new project spearheaded by a unique partnership between two organisations; Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Force Sport and Leisure.
The project aims to deliver a community sport programme to two cohort groups; young people 14-25 in three Leicester City communities and young people/adults 14+ from the “Policing Family” which includes all 4000+ employees/volunteers within Leicestershire Police and their wider family and social circle.
The project is also aiming to build capacity through utilising its new Cadet Workforce of 50 16-18 year olds to support the delivery of the community sport programme. The plan is being supported by three delivery partners; Leicester Riders Foundation, Leicester Badminton Association and ER Dance. I would also like to thank the committee for their continued hard work.
I ended the week by seeing Leicestershire win at T20 cricket, the Tigers get rather well beaten at Bath, and the mighty Norwich City took the chance to join Leicester City in the Premiership! Norwich and Leicester City both in the Premiership next season seemed pretty unlikely in January, now it is a reality!