NBPA president, Charles Crichlow said: “The institute will allow us to facilitate new thinking and more thoughtful responses to future challenges around race and diversity.”
Pointing out that the police landscape in Britain is barren of minority ethnic Chief Constables, he added: “This is an exciting and innovative approach to ensure police services up and down the country reflect the diverse communities that they serve. It will also be critical in achieving trust and confidence between the police and ethnic communities.”
The NBPA conference will include a lecture from Professor Kay Hampton, who has vast experience as a social scientist and a keen involvement in issues of discrimination and the abuse of human rights.
On the launching of the Institute, she said: “It is a very positive initiative as it allows a secure environment for the development of ideas, and the support and encouragement of leadership from within the NBPA and wider police service”.
Other speakers include Sir Hugh Orde, President of ACPO, and Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice.