Po­lice in drive to re­cruit more re­cruits from eth­nic mi­nori­ties

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Fundraiser - By Suz Elvey

Char­ity the Gurkha Peace Foun­da­tion will host a re­cruit­ment even­ing for Kent Po­lice tonight (Thurs­day).

Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ann Barnes will be in at­ten­dance along with spe­cial con­sta­bles as the po­lice force looks to re­cruit of­fi­cers and civil­ian staff.

The idea of the even­ing is to en­cour­age peo­ple from all back­grounds, in­clud­ing re­tired Gurkha sol­diers and young Nepalese adults, to join the po­lice and be­come more in­te­grated in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Next year there will be cel­e­bra­tions in both the UK and Nepal to mark 200 years of as­so­ci­a­tion between the Gurkhas and the po­lice.

The event will be held at St Fran­cis Church, Cryol Road, Ash­ford, TN23 5AS, at 7pm to­day (Thurs­day) .

A po­lice spokesman said: “Kent is home to ap­prox­i­mately 1.8m peo­ple, of which al­most 12% are from mi­nor­ity eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties speak­ing more than 80 dif­fer­ent lan­guages. Forg­ing re­la­tion­ships, build­ing trust and un­der­stand­ing the is­sues within Kent’s dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties are fun­da­men­tal for cred­i­ble polic­ing.

“We are par­tic­u­larly keen to con­tinue to in­crease rep­re­sen­ta­tion of mi­nor­ity eth­nic of­fi­cers.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.kent.po­lice.uk/jobs

Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ann Barnes

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