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Officers from Leicestershire Police are staging a number of meetings with black communities across Leicester in order to “help build confidence in policing.”

On Monday evening (July 4), the first event was held at the Barleycroft Community Centre in Beaumont Leys as part of the introduction of the Leicestershire Police and Communities Together (L-PACT) initiative.

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Temporary Chief Constable Rob Nixon was joined by other officers from the force at the meeting, which is said to be similar in its approach to beat surgeries. It was designed to give communities the opportunity to speak directly to policing policy decision makers and influencers on a regular basis.

“It is anticipated that these types of dialogue will be ongoing and will be tailored to all communities as we build on best practices – and will give members of our communities the chance to raise any issues about policing,” said a spokesman for Leicestershire Police.

“Information will also be provided about what is happening in their area and how, by working together, any problems can be solved.”

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The meetings support the NPCC and College of Policing National Race Plan regarding matters affecting black communities and those attending were given the opportunity to raise police thematic issues and experiences. Officers were also able to provide clarity on police processes.

Further events are scheduled to take place at venues in August and October this year.

Inspector Wayne Nimblette said: “We want to connect with the public so we can openly and honestly create a positive environment which allows our officers to build better relations and understanding within the communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

“I’m looking forward to the meetings planned in the coming months and hope we can continue to engage with those we serve to address any issues or concerns they may have and also explain the work we’re undertaking to keep them safe.”

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