Notts Police and the Nottinghamshire Police & Crime Commissioner joint sponsored this year’s Black Achievers Awards last weekend where people were recognised for their achievements within the BME community.
Both the force and the PCC were the main sponsor for the event and a number of staff and officers were present on the night.
The Nottinghamshire Police Crime and Commissioner also sponsored the Lifetime Community Achievers Award. The award was won by Rose Thompson from St Ann’s in Nottingham who has dedicated her life and career in helping those affected by cancer, particularly those among the BME communities.
Rose is the CEO of the BME Cancer Communities and contributes to Kemet FM’s health and wellbeing show, as well as supporting ‘Friends & Bredrins’ a cancer support group and works with the 10,000 genome, a UK government project which focuses on rare diseases.
She said: “I’m so proud to have won the award. It was such a surprise, I’m still shocked. I was about to get in a taxi as it was at the end of the night, then the announcement came and I just had to put my hands to my mouth!
“It’s a really special award and I’m so grateful to everyone who continue to support me and the team, it’s a real team effort.
“It was a fantastic event and it keeps growing. I’m very proud to have got this award, we all need to keep spreading cancer awareness and keep fundraising.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire Paddy Tipping said: “Promoting and celebrating the success of the BME community in Nottinghamshire will help to create a better understanding amongst the wider community of BME communities and their positive contributions.
“This is an important element in the building of strong, proud and safe communities.
“It was fantastic to be there and hear the stories behind the winners alongside inspirational speakers which I’m sure will help inspire both old and young.
“I’d like to congratulate Rose on her amazing and dedicated work to help those who are suffering from medical conditions. Her award is hugely deserved.”
The force’s Volunteer Police Cadets Youth Engagement Officer Romel Davis was also nominated in the rising star category for his work with the local community, working with young people and the vulnerable to support them to make positive changes and guide them on to the right path.
Superintendent Suk Verma who attended the awards said: “I’d like to congratulate all the winners. It was a fantastic event and it was great to see so many people getting recognised for their hard work in the community.
“These awards are important as they help build positive relationships between the BME community and the police.
“The awards will help enable engagement and relationship building with BME leaders and help to further promote the force as an employer of choice.”
The fifth annual awards was held at the East Midlands Conference Centre on Saturday 5 October 2019 was hosted by comedian Rudi Lickwood with Nottingham born special guest Lennie James from the BBC’s In Line Of Duty.
The force’s next Black History Month event is on 26 October 2019 at Djanogly City Academy where there will be a live DJ from Kemet FM, free sports and free activities and much more entertainment.
The force will also be holding an internal event at the end of the month, following on from last year’s successful event.
Staff and officers are being invited to Force Headquarters to learn more about black history, take part in quizzes, with music, dancing and food on offer. The event is to celebrate the month.