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New book launched to assist police recruitment

A book launch at the West Midlands Police’s Lock-up saw school pupils treated to a first reading of ‘In the Nick of Time’ by Detective Chief Inspector Karen Geddes.

Inspired by her own two young children, she wanted to create a book for youngsters which featured a Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) police officer and their family. Her aim was to break down barriers to recruitment and engagement with the BAME community at an early age.

Karen Geddes with two attendees at her book launch
Earlier this week pupils were treated to a reading of ‘In the Nick of Time’ by Detective Chief Inspector Karen Geddes

The book is designed as an aid to help officers whilst out and about attending community events and school visits.

Karen, Chair of WMP Black and Asian Police Association (BAPA), said: “I joined policing in January 1992 and was one of only two black female officers in my training school.

“I have two young children who regularly bring their reading books home. When reading to them I saw they had books about all sort of subjects but not one about a person that looked like me. I believe policing needs to be more engaged with children from all communities at an early age if we want them to consider it as a career option.

Pupils treated to a first reading of ‘In the Nick of Time’, penned by Detective Chief Inspector Karen Geddes
School pupils and community members were invited to the launch to learn more about BAPA and West Midlands Police

“This book is a chance for children to see positive images of BAME people in policing and as part of an everyday BAME family.

“I am proud of what I do and want to see more people like me serving our community now and in the future.”

BAPA launched the book officially at the event at Steelhouse Lane yesterday (6 December). School pupils and other members of the community were invited in for a first reading of the book and to find out more about BAPA and West Midlands Police.

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Waheed Saleem attended the book launch and said: “This book is a great way of engaging young children and informing them about what police officers do in the local community to keep people safe.

“It is a great way to get young children talking to their parents and teachers about the positive contributions made by people from BAME background to policing.”

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