Welcome to this month's edition
Good morning, thank you for taking the time to read through this month's VERU in View.
As many of you will know, I undertook a six-month secondment with the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) between January and June of this year, supporting the national police response to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Earlier this month, I was honoured to receive a letter and certificate of commendation from DCC Maggie Blyth for my contribution during this time.
Reflecting on my time with the NPCC, it really was a privilege to work alongside the incredible team that made up the national VAWG taskforce. I would like to say a huge thank you to DCC Blyth not only for the commendation, but for the opportunity to join her in tackling such an important and prevalent issue.
With that said, I’m delighted to use my experience working on the national campaign to support colleagues in Bedfordshire Police and the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire with their exemplary efforts to raise awareness of and reduce Male Violence Against Women and Girls (MVAWG). You can read more about the force's response to MVAWG in their new quarterly newsletter below..
Also this month, I attended and spoke at the Women of Colour in Policing’s (WoCiP) first-ever Summer Festival event organised by Sandra Smith and Sam Alexander. Speaking alongside prominent individuals across the community, including Assistant Chief Constable Sharn Basra, I was proud to share the work that we do here in the VERU, while touching on my personal experience as a Black woman in policing.
While I have always been vocal about the challenges faced as a Black woman in policing, it’s not often that I share my motivation for working in this field, despite my personal and professional experiences. In short, my desire to work in policing is a by-product of my passion to see tangible change in the way we police. I want to be part of that change.
Fast forward to now, it’s that very same motivation that continues to inspire me to achieve what we as the VERU have set out to achieve.
Kimberley Lamb | VERU Director