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Summer 2013 Issue

Message from The Chair Baseem Akbar, Chair


s this is our first newsletter since the merger of the Forces, it gives me a welcome opportunity to wish you well and thank you for your commitment to the organisation. As stakeholders, we are keen to continue engaging in discussions with Police Scotland and the Scottish Government around the challenges, potential impact and outcomes of the new reforms on race equality within the Service and the wider minority ethnic communities. We see our organisation as a member of the police family working directly alongside internal departments, not only to provide appropriate advice and information around policy development, but also to initiate programmes and strategies aimed at better employee engagement. What matters to us is: equality, fairness, diversity and treating people with dignity and respect according to their need. There are a great many positive equality results to be gained from the changes, chiefly among them are: • better consistency in service delivery, training, recruitment and policy directives; • greater exchange and adoption of good practices; and • improved access to equality groups; and more coherent/integrated strategy for tackling the specific needs of a diverse Scotland. It is our view that the Change Agenda must be the catalyst for progress rather than retrenchment, and we will work towards that aim. Consequently, over the coming months we will urge Police Service to discuss and hopefully progress some of our proposals on national programmes for: • • • • • •

Minority ethnic employee recruitment Youth leadership projects Special Constable Scheme Community engagement Enhanced diversity training Directives re Positive Action and Tutor Constables

In closing, the organisation is enthused by the prospect of the exciting, if challenging, times ahead and is looking forward to playing a key role in ensuring that the standards already achieved in the sphere of equality and diversity are not only protected and maintained but also, more importantly, enhanced. Thank you for helping SEMPERscotland to continue to serve

MESSAGE FROM DCC Richardson Neil Richardson Deputy Chief Constable

Committed to Excellence recognition

As Strategic Lead for Equality and Diversity in the newly formed Police Scotland, I am delighted

On Tuesday June 18, 2013,

for the opportunity to provide you with a few words.These are exciting and challenging times as we enter a new era of policing in Scotland. We have gone from 8 individual forces into one and are committed to providing the same excellent standards of service to our communities in our efforts to keep people safe.

PC Misheck Muchemwa and PC Allan McLean attended the Scottish Awards for Business Excellence 2013 ceremony at the Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh, to receive the prestigious European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Award from Dave Bradley, CEO Quality Scotland, on behalf of SEMPERscotland.

Fundemental to all of that is the bedrock of the police service, our officers and staff who come from diverse backgrounds and deliver services in often difficult circumstances 24 hrs a day. The Police family embraces many different cultures and each and every person has a valuable contribution to make in a successful future. Police Scotland is committed to providing a workplace where people feel valued and are encouraged to maximise their potential, ensuring the environment that our Staff and Officers work in is one in which their views and opinions matter, that they are treated fairly and with dignity and respect at all times. SEMPERscotland in representing and supporting all minority ethnic employees of Police Scotland, is integral to the Force moving forward and we will work in partnership to ensure that the impact of recent change has little or no effect on the previously excellent working relationship legacy Forces had. Police Scotland are committed to positively impacting on areas of imbalance ensuring that no matter what your background, belief or culture is, there is equality of opportunity and fairness for all. I and my team look forward to working with and supporting you in the coming year, which I am sure will bring many challenges and successes.

What Semperscotland Means to me “We have a good working relationship with and appreciate the work done by SEMPERscotland for our members.” Scottish Police Federation “SEMPERscotland is a voice for me” Police Staff

PC Allan McLean (L) and PC Misheck Muchemwa (R) receiving the award on behalf of SEMPERscotland.

This was in recognition of the important work being undertaken by SEMPERscotland to

support minority ethnic officers and staff. The event was well attended with representatives from both the private and public sectors. Mish and Allan were able to raise the profile of SEMPERscotland by outlining what we do to a wider public. John Loughton the winner of 2008 Hijack Big Brother was the Keynote Speaker and delivered an entertaining and insightful speech challenging the audience on issues around doing things for ‘me’ or for ‘we’. The EFQM Committed to Excellence accreditation is a 2 stage process that took three months for SEMPERscotland to complete. The award was conferred to us by external examiners from Audit Scotland on April 16, 2013.

Working in Partnership Scottish Police Federation & semperscotland

help us Jackie Mueller Equality Secretary, SPF

The Scottish Police Federation is the statutory staff association representing police officers

in Scotland up to and including the rank of Chief Inspector. It is because we recognise the differing needs of our members that the Joint Central Committee introduced the new position of Equality Secretary and I am delighted to be the first person to hold that role.

I have long been aware of the work undertaken by SEMPERscotland and experienced first-hand the valuable contribution it makes to minority ethnic officers who are also our members. Working with representatives from SEMPERscotland allows me to better understand the issues affecting those officers from ethnic minority backgrounds and in turn offer them a service that is tailored to their specific needs. It is for those reasons that I am looking forward to working more closely with the executive team of SEMPERscotland to ensure that our members receive absolutely the very best of support and representation.I was also keen for SEMPERscotland to be co-opted onto the Scottish Police Staff Association Equality Working Group and am delighted that the invitation was accepted. Together we can become a stronger voice in the area of equality and strive to eradicate discriminatory practices and behaviours.Although my dealings to date have been mostly with Office Bearers, I am looking forward to meeting and working with the other members of the executive team and local representatives. If I can be of any assistance to any member of SEMPERscotland please contact me on,

What Semperscotland Means to me “We need SEMPER because the fight against inequality and discrimination still goes on”. Police Staff “I’m happy that you are there to represent my voice in shaping issues and policies.” Police Staff

To help you SEMPERscotland wants to provide the most effective support service possible to its

members. Whilst the Executive Committee does its best to meet the needs of members who seek support, we need your help to ensure that we continue to build on the successes of the past. Towards this aim, we are asking you to simply tell us what you see as the three most important things that would assist SEMPERscotland to provide the kind of support service that would best meet the needs of minority ethnic police officers and support staff in the Scottish police service. All constructive comments and suggestions for improvements are very much valued and appreciated. Thank you in advance for taking the time to influence the way forward for SEMPERscotland, the organisation with your support needs, at its heart. Please email us your comments at

Skills Database

We are in the throes of updating and reviewing our information systems to

enhance our support to current and future minority ethnic employees.

As a result, one of the things we’ve decided to create is a formal Skills Database particulary considering support for special events and operations. The Skills database will enable us to, amoung other things, compete a full Skills Auditensuring that: • Training/experience gaps are identified • The skills minority ethinic mployees bring to Services are highlighted • Our resources are better utlised. Please download the skills form, complete it and send it back to us ar

Careers development acdp programme

Wendy Alletson, ACDP Coordinator

This developmental programme aims to prepare and equip police officers for senior posts

within the service. It offers accelerated career challenges and personal growth opportunities which seek to optimize leadership and management potential. DCC Neil Richardson is the executive lead for ACDP and a former programme member. Wendy Alletson (pictured) is the ACDP Coordinator and based at the Scottish Police College. There are currently 16 officers on the programme, ranging in rank from Constable to Chief Inspector. A selection process is held annually for the programme. This is open to probationary officers, constables and sergeants who are recognised by their Local Commanders as having potential to be “senior managers”. Officers access a variety of placements within each phase of the programme to develop experience and knowledge of all aspects of the service, have access to a mentor and a range of other developmental tools and events. An example of this is the “Leadership in Practise Residential” where ACDP officers, English and Welsh High Potential Development Scheme Officers and candidates within the selection process participated in an event run in partnership with the Royal Military Police.The aim was to assist participants in developing their own leadership capabilities to more effectively lead in their day to day roles. Officers were given an opportunity to experience a range of leadership styles in a safe, non policing environment. As the event progressed it was encouraging to see that participants were teamwork and personal resilience. Several expressed that they could relate the challenges they faced in the activities to their own roles as operational leaders. The event provided an opportunity to develop self awareness through participation and feedback, teambuilding through working with peers across forces in collaborative and competitive situations, whilst also providing an invaluable opportunity to network.The picture gives you and idea of one of the activities – not all of them involved getting into the water! For further information about any aspect of the programme or support to access it, please contact: Tel : 01259 732038

Semperscotland: from vision to reality

Frazer Campbell, Founding Member

Why isn’t there a Black Police Association in Scotland?’ asked David Williams of Equilibra,

my instructor at the Scottish Police College during a 5-week course to train me to deliver National Equal Opportunities Training. A good question, one that I wasn’t able to answer, ‘You should have one, tell me when you have set it up’.

That was early in 2002 when most black and minority ethnic people in the police family of Scotland were on their own in various places throughout the country. It was still fairly uncommon to see a person of colour in the police, although things were changing, I think I remember someone around that time estimating there were about 150 black and minority officers (and that might have included support staff but my memory fails me). But I do remember that we were isolated and had no voice. Alasdair Ferry, a man with vision and an enormous amount of energy, was to change all that. All black and minority ethnic people in the police were invited to an event at the Dunblane Hydro to find out how we felt about institutional racism and the way we were treated. Not going wasn’t really an option, after all a free lunch was on offer and with the support of the Chief Constable getting the time off was easy. At the end of the event during a question and answer session Alasdair stood up and said he wanted to set up the equivalent of a Black Police Association and asked anyone interested to stay behind after the event finished. The seeds that were to grow into SEMPERscotland had been sown. continued on page 7...

What Semperscotland Means to me “To me, only SEMPERscotland has demonstrated the support to instil any hope my chosen career has left.” Police Staff “It’s about being able to see things from the perspectives of others, so as to be better at what we do.” Police Officer

...continued from page 6 It wasn’t easy to get it started but we got there. Meetings held late in the evenings at a variety of headquarters, struggling to fit them in after the end of a shift or with your family, no money to pay for anything, (I know one of the founding members paid for everything anyone bought for the committee from his own pocket, something I didn’t find out until later) and coming up against subtle aggression from some quarters within the police trying stop us in our tracks. And one incident of one of the founders being told their career would be over if they continued to be part of it (something that person chose to ignore and thankfully continued to make a difference). Despite the difficulties we were determined to create our own Scottish black and minority ethnic staff association. October 2003 was to be the month SEMPERscotland went public. The Scottish Police College was to be the venue and an impressive list of VIPs had been invited, including the then Justice Minister, Cathy Jamieson; the then Lord Advocate and Solicitor General, Rt. Hon Colin Boyd QC and Elish Angiolini QC; all eight Chief Constables; representatives from HMIC and the Commission for Racial Equality. In the run up to the launch SEMPERscotland lost its founding father when Alasdair Ferry was tragically killed in a traffic accident. Everyone involved in SEMPERscotland was devastated. Our hearts went out to his family. The launch went ahead. I know it sounds trite and clichéd but no one was in any doubt that Alasdair would have wanted it any other way. Robin Iffla took post and got us through a day filled with emotion and afterwards as the first Chair of SEMPERscotland led it to become the success it is today. Since becoming fully operational in January 2005, SEMPERscotland has achieved great things, some things you will never read about and others that you will be unaware of because they are now accepted as the right way to do things after someone from SEMPERscotland stood up and challenged existing policy and procedures.

Mentoring BME Young People

Raza Sadiq Chairperson of ALC

Mentoring is an increasingly popular way of

providing guidance and support to young people in need. Recent years have seen youth mentoring expand from a relatively small youth intervention to schools, community centres and youth institutions. Active Life Club has a history of active youth involvement on its management committee since its inception in 1999. Young people involved been coached and mentored to play an active role in society and develop as young leaders.

Active Life Club Members

Active Life Club have been a stronger partner with Youth Forums and SEMPERscotland since 2006 and developed many initiatives, particularly Cricket Trophy with Police Scotland for five years to foster better relations and empowering young people to engage with the Police. We also developed partnership with the Police through coaching in the community and delivered youthful leadership training for volunteers to play an active role in local communities. Young people involved on the committee are developing as young leaders and ready to mentor other young people and also benefit other organisations to engage with communities, particularly young people. If you are interested in participating in the SEMPERscotland mentoring project, please contact us on

What Semperscotland Means to me

Upcoming Events Addressing Hate and Violence Workshop July 8 , 2013

Love Music Hate Racism August 2 , 2013

PRESENTING FOR IMPACT Training JULY 10 - 11 , 2013

NBPA CONFERENCE october 17 , 2013

“To me SEMPERscotland is an organisation designed to protect the interests and values of ethnic minority staff within the Scottish Policing environment. An organisation who truly understands the challenges and difficulties faced by ethnic minority staff and able to provide the appropriate advice and assistance.” Police Officer

New Police


Police Scotland Volunteer Programme John Pow Chief Superintendent

On 1st April 2014 new Conduct and performance introduced replacing the current

Misconduct and Efficiency Regulations.

The new Regulations will significantly change the approach to dealing with misconduct and poor performance for Police Officers (they do not apply to Police Staff). The focus will be on learning, development and improvement and on supervisors pro-actively addressing issues of poor conduct and performance. The Regulations will introduce Standards of Professional Behaviour, to help officers understand what is, and is not acceptable. These Standards have existed in England since 2008. Where misconduct allegations are made two avenues of investigation will exist dependent on the severity of the behaviour. Less serious misconduct will be progressed locally (in the officers Division) and it is hoped that the officer will cooperate with the investigation to identify learning, in the knowledge that it is being viewed by the Service as less serious and has a maximum disposal of a Final Written Warning. More serious misconduct will result in a Misconduct Hearing similar to what exists at the moment. A three stage process is introduced to develop officers who are performing poorly. Should informal procedures fail, the process involves supervisors serving an “improvement notice” on the officer and implementing an action plan to develop them to the required standard.The Regulations also formalise the role of “Police Friends” who can advise and represent officers throughout the process.Police Scotland is working with the Scottish Government and staff associations to ensure that appropriate training is given to all Officers.

Suzie Mertes Chief Inspector Commonwealth Games Planning Team

In 2014 Scotland will host a number of high profile events - The Golf

Open, the Commonwealth Games incorporating the Queen’s Baton Relay, and the Ryder Cup - which will require substantial police involvement.

There is no shortage of members of the public who wish to be involved in these events and a recent request for potential volunteers from the Commonwealth Games organisers, was hugely oversubscribed. Police Scotland is seeking to capitalise on the interest these events have generated to attract volunteers to assist us over this busy period. However, the real opportunity and challenge lies in channelling the desire to be involved in these high profile events into a longer-term sustainable commitment to assisting Police Scotland through volunteering, perhaps as a Special Constable or a Voluntary Police Cadet. Growing volunteering gives us the opportunity to enhance our engagement with our diverse communities, particularly those parts that are underrepresented in policing. Volunteering, especially amongst young people encourages good citizenship and inclusion, grows respect for the Service and provides a potential gateway to a police career. Volunteers will never replace police officer or police staff but they can add value to policing by bringing to it their own special skills, experience, connections and commitment. Through volunteering we also hope to stimulate interest in a police career and in the Special Constabulary particularly amongst currently underrepresented parts of our community. We also want to improve our community engagement and increase our ‘reach’ into communities.

Should you require further information please contact the project team on:

What Semperscotland Means to me “We are indeed pleased and proud of the great role and difference SEMPERscotland has made to both our BME officers and the minority ethnic community in general. It has given us confidence and a sense of belonging” African Forum Scotland

What Semperscotland Means to me “SEMPER to me, means regardless of whatever else is available to all Police Officers and Staff, there is a body that understands the additional challenges that black and minority ethnic people face.” Police Officer

Love Music Hate Racism Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Community Learning and

Development Unit will host its first ever Dumfries Youth Festival which will take place on Friday August 2 and Saturday August 10, 2013. The festival, which includes a mix of creative arts, workshops, gatherings, concerts and events for young people aged between 12-25 years of age, is designed by young people for young people, and will be a mixed bag of stand-alone events run by different groups. All events are taking place at the Big Top Circus Tent at the Oasis Centre, Newall Terrace, Dumfries. Forming part of the programme is a Love Music Hate Racism event which is being held between 7-11pm on Friday August 2, 2013. Love Music Hate Racism is in its 10th year and is now introducing a Love Music Hate Homophobia campaign, using music to unite and campaign for ‘NO H8’, which provides an opportunity for local equality groups and partner agencies to come together to work on a number of initiatives in support of the event. Police Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway Division) has been invited to become involved in the Love Music Hate Racism event this year. Representatives from Police Scotland will be in attendance on Friday August 2, 2013, to raise awareness of hate crime and third party reporting centres in the region, as well as building on community relations and promoting Police Scotland as an employer. For more information go to or contact us at

Congratulations! SME achievement Awards

The Chair of SEMPERscotland receiving the award.

The SEMPERscotland Team on stage.

SEMPERscotland was the winner of the Community Champions Award for Equality and Social Justice at the annual Scottish Minority Ethnic Achievement Awards at the Crowne Plaza. The work we do within the diverse minority ethnic communities, as well as the tireless promotion of fairness and equality in the police was highlighted and commended. In March of this year, SEMPERscotland officially presented former Chief Constable, David Strang, with a plaque in recognition of his exceptional personal and professional commitment to the promotion of diversity in the Police Service.

David Strang, receiving his plaque from Misheck Muchemwa and Baseem Akbar.

It gets better GPA launched their “It Gets Better” film at Pride Scotia in Edinburgh.

The short film was produced for the global ‘It Gets Better’ Project. In it serving and retired Police officers and staff tell their stories of growing up knowing that they are gay, lesbian or transgender. They also give advice to young people worried about revealing their sexual identity for fear of being harassed or bullied. Click on the link to view the video.

Tayside Division’s Diversity Adviser Nasreen Mohammed has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of her services to the advancement of Diversity and Equality within the Scottish Police Service. Nasreen, a member of SEMPERscotland from the inception, has been working to advance equality and community cohesion for Tayside region and the wider Scottish society for almost 30 years. Nasreen Mohammed

What Semperscotland Means to me SEMPERscotland means different things to different people. What does it mean to you? Here’s a flavour of what some of our members and partners said. “When I was first introduced to SEMPERscotland, I didn’t like the idea because I felt there was no need for it as I felt we were all equal and I didn’t see the need for it. It was only after I fell out with one of the guys on my team that I realised that we were not as equal as I thought we were. On numerous occasions I felt like resigning but it was after a spoke to the SEMPERscotland Force rep and the support he gave me that I’m still here today. SEMPERscotland is more than a staff association; it’s a voice and a friend to the voiceless and friendless. SEMPERscotland to me is the staff organisation in the police service that looks after the needs of the underrepresented staff and passionately cares enough to challenge the police service to promote equality.SEMPERscotland is the voice of underrepresented staff in the police service and without them the landscape would definitely be very different.” Police Officer

“SEMPER to me is a voice of empowerment, guidance, reassurance and constant support.Because of this valuable support, I constantly enhance my knowledge through trainings programmes and seminars offered by SEMPER.” Police Officer “SEMPER has been instrumental in assisting in my development. I have had inputs and training days for courses and activities which have been beneficial, I am happy to say that with that assistance I have now been promoted and supervising 25 officers.” Police Officer “SEMPERscotland ensures that my voice and that of other minority officers and staff is being heard within the Police Scotland. It has provided great support to a number of my colleagues and provided me with development training” Police Officer “The Black Leadership Network applauds the work that SEMPERscotland does, not only in providing mentoring and other support to black minority ethnic police officers and staff, but also in assisting with the development of a strategic anti-racist approach for Police Scotland.” Black Leadership Network (BLN)

“SEMPERscotland means that our committed black and minority ethnic officers in Scotland can have the excellent support and network to ensure they can thrive and fulfil their duties to the best of their abilities, as well as reach their individual potential in the police force without hindrance or race or any discrimination.” Migrants Right Scotland “As a national intermediary organisation that provides capacity building support to the ethnic minority voluntary sector, including SEMPERscotland, we are delighted to see the continued good work of the organisation as it not only officers invaluable support to ethnic minority police officers and staff, but also, support to Police Scotland in developing a more strategic approach to addressing race equality both within and outwith the Force.” Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO Scotland) “We believe in developing young leaders and SEMPERscotland has excelled in creating partnerships to reach out to young and fostering community relations. It will play an instrumental role in Police Scotland achieving its value-based policies.” Active Life Youth Club “As an organisation that works to protect the rights of minority ethnic communities, CRER is pleased to know that there is a body within Police Scotland helping to ensure that equality and fairness is entrenched in the Service’s procedures and policies. By providing support internally to employees from a black minority ethnic background, and encouragement and reassurance to communities externally, SEMPERscotland’s contribution to the police service will be invaluable.” Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) “SEMPER promotes good relations between different groups of people within the Force and serves to protect BME staff against injustice and racism”. Pakistani Society Information and Advice Centre “The Gay Police Association has been working with our partners, SEMPERscotland from the very beginning. We have a joint Memorandum of Understanding and our objectives are the same, to assist and represent minorities within the police service and to work towards eliminating discrimination whatever form that may take.” Gay Police Association (GPA) Scotland

Strategic Vision

“SEMPERscotland is committed to ensuring that Equality and Diversity is at the heart of the Scottish Police Reform process. We will continue to support our members and the communities as well as assist the Service through the change process. In addition, we will work in partnership with the new Service so that agreed strategies are effectively embedded in its practice making the Service an employer of choice, committed to equality of opportunity and remain fit for purpose”.

Overviews of Activities

1.Act as an advisory body to the Police Service and the Department of Justice on issues relating to equality in employment and delivery of services by the Scottish Police. 2.Support Police Scotland in the development, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of relevant guidelines and policies. In particular the implementation of strategies designed to meet their statutory obligations and challenges in terms of race equality. 3.Work in partnership with key internal and external stakeholders such as the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR); Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland (HMICS); Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS); the Police Federation; the Force Executive; UNISON; National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), to fulfil our strategic priorities. 4.Support employees in cases of inequality and discrimination in the workplace. 5.Promote the Police Service within the minority ethnic communities of Scotland as an employer who is committed to diversity and social justice. 6.Petition and encourage the personal and professional development of minority ethnic employees. 7.Develop initiatives to bridge the gap between the police and young people from the minority ethnic communities.

Key Priority areas

•Recruitment, retention and development of minority ethnic employees •Policy/Procedural improvements •Employee engagement •Community engagement SEMPERscotland is a Scottish-wide staff association serving Police Scotland, British Transport Police and the Scottish Police Authority, whose primary functions are (a) to support and represent all minority ethnic employees of the Service and (b) to promote equality of opportunity and fairness throughout. SEMPERscotland is a member of the National Black Police Association (UK).

SEMPERscotland Bishopbriggs Police Office, 113 Kirkintilloch Road, Bishopbriggs, G64 2AA (TEL) 0141 207 5809 (FAX) 0141 207 5810

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