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This week will see West Mercia come together to raise awareness for Race Equality Week and encourage people to challenge inappropriate behaviour.

Throughout this week, officers and staff within the office of the PCC and West Mercia Police will take part in a range of activities, workshops and daily challenges with the aim of raising awareness of race equality.

Unfortunately, disparities and inequalities still exist in communities and in policing. PCC John Campion has therefore made the commitment in his Safer West Mercia plan to ensure all individuals in the community are treated fairly, equally and respectfully.

In his national role, as deputy Equality, Diversity and Human Rights lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, PCC John Campion remains committed to ensuring the national Race Action Plan, which is set out by the College of Policing, is delivered. This was developed to address the significantly lower levels of trust and confidence among some black people.

The plan sets out a vision for a police service that is anti-racist and trusted by black people. Whist the focus is on black communities, a range of diverse communities will benefit by promoting representation, tackling disproportionality, and improving engagement with local communities.

John Campion said: “I have made a commitment to advance equal opportunities for all and I remain committed to doing this. This week will allow myself and others to be educated and challenge our own behaviour, as well as others.

“I recognise we still have a long way to go but I hope that through weeks like this, and by working in partnership, we can continue to educate and challenge ourselves in our daily lives and take what we have learn forwards for the benefit of communities .”