West Midlands Police’s most senior black female bobby has won a national leadership award.
Detective Chief Inspector Karen Geddes was named Inspirational Leader of the Year at the recent Ethnicity Awards in London.
DCI Geddes was honoured for her work as chairperson of the Black and Asian Police Association (BAPA) at the event which took place on Friday October 25. BAPA supports West Midlands Police staff from black and ethnic (BME) heritage .
She has risen through the ranks after starting as a beat bobby in 1992 to become the first black female of DCI rank.
BAPA’S work includes highlighting the importance of diversity both inside West Midlands Police and also within Birmingham communities.
DCI Geddes’ BAPA colleagues said she was “a leading presence in ensuring the force was better equipped to deliver, support and serve diverse communities across the region.”
Karen said: “Although representation has improved, I am still in the minority as a black female police officer and I want to see more in the future.
“Policing is always something which will be here and while traditionally there has been a reluctance for those from a BAME to consider joining the force, as a community we can help change this line of thinking. I would encourage anyone to consider a career like this.”
WMP is currently staging its largest recruitment drive in years and anyone interested in finding out more can visit their website.
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Written by: Sanjeeta Bains
First published 03.11.19: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/we-need-more-black-female-17192625