Commitment to improve representation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller police officers

09 July 2015

Signing of memorandum of understaning

L–R: Jim Davies, chair of the Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association (GRTPA); Ché Donald, Zac Mader and Dave Bamber of the equality sub-committee at the Police Federation of England and Wales.

A commitment to better support and represent police officers from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) backgrounds has been cemented with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

The agreement between the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) and the Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association (GRTPA) is a formal recognition of the organisations’ drive to improve equality for GRT officers, and pledges to better understand and address the issues they face.

Jim Davies, chair of the GRTPA, said:  “We hope that the Memorandum of Understanding marks another step forward in improving relations with GRT communities and strongly encourage more officers and police staff to identify themselves as GRT.  It is important to the GRTPA that we have the support of the Federation in what we are trying to achieve for our members.”

Dave Bamber, of the equality sub-committee at the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “There have been GRT police officers in the service for many years whose voices have not been heard due to the fear of being stigmatised on account of their background. Through the work of the GRTPA, supported by PFEW, these officers can now have confidence that their issues and concerns will be addressed.”

The Federation is working closely with other police associations and representative groups on similar memorandums of understanding, and this was further progressed today at the second Diversity Networking Meeting at PFEW headquarters.