Nottinghamshire Police to feature in national discussion on racism for Stephen Lawrence Day

Nottinghamshire Police’s efforts to tackle racism and raise aspirations of young people from diverse backgrounds will be discussed on a national stage today as part of Stephen Lawrence Day.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 9:33 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 9:36 am

Today (Thursday, April 22) marks the third annual Stephen Lawrence Day and a series of online events are being hosted as part of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation’s work to inspire a fairer and just society.

As part of this ongoing work, Nottinghamshire Police runs a series of programmes and initiatives all-year-round to help improve the lives on young people in communities across the city and county.

This involves the mini police programme, the police cadets and other ongoing engagement events delivered by the Citizens in Policing department and neighbourhood policing teams at the force.

This year marks the third annual Stephen Lawrence Day

Alongside this, over the last few weeks, Nottinghamshire Police, in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, has been asking members of the public to nominate inspirational young people who have risen up through adversity as part of the Live Our Best Life Awards.

The awards, created by Romel Davis who works in the Citizens in Policing Department at Nottinghamshire Police, aim to recognise the talents and achievements of young people across Nottinghamshire.

As result of the project and other ongoing work, force outreach worker Romel Davis was invited to be part of an online webinar hosted by Stephen’s mother, Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

The panel is set to discuss racism in education and what work can be done to better engage with young people.

Romel will talk about the work Nottinghamshire Police does to engage with young people and how this positive approach has begun to build strong community relationships.

The discussion can be watched for free on the Stephen Lawrence Foundation Day’s Facebook page today at 1pm.

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “As a force we are committed to working with communities to make positive change. This includes our out-reach, recruitment and our daily interactions to keep people safe.

“Today is about celebrating Stephen’s life and how we can learn from what happened to him order to create a better society.

“It is so important that we do not forget the lessons learned and as a police force, we continue to strive to be better.”

For more information on the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, visit www.stephenlawrenceday.org/community.