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Saima Afzal Solutions She Dared : She Won

 Equality & Human Rights Advice/Research & Training

Below is a list of downloadable PDF's, which can be saved to your computer and printed for your own research.

West Midlands Police Authority (WMPA) has commissioned Saima Afzal Solutions (SAS) to conduct a light touch external review to consider the steps taken to learn from the experiences resulting from Project Champion: an abortive project to install CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in two areas of Birmingham. The areas where the cameras were to be located are associated with Counter Terrorism (CT) investigations past and present, and have high Muslim populations. As such issuesrelating to equality, human rights, trust and confidence have been given considerable attention throughout the review process.
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This report recommends that the Authority accept the findings from an external review commissioned to examine the Authority’s response to the recommendations arising from Project Champion, and that the actions agreed in response to Project Champion should be considered complete.
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The Government’s vision is to have a police service that is reflective of the diverse communities it serves and one which has the trust and confidence of those communities. It is therefore essential that the service should have the fullest representation of women police officers and staff at all levels.
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Following significant input from Keir Starmer QC (to whom the APA is extremely grateful) this APA human rights guide has been developed to assist police authorities by providing the human rights legal framework set against the context of policing, alongside a toolkit (included in this guide at Annex C) to assist authorities in meeting this monitoring function.
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Saima Afzal MBE member of Lancashire Police Authority and the Association of Police Authorities (APA) Executive Board Member has the National portfolio to lead on equality, diversity and human rights issues. Attached is Miss Afzal's response to the recent Forced Marriage Consultation document launched by the Home Office in December 2011. Although in June 2012 the current government announced their intent to criminalise forced marriage Miss Afzal took the stance in opposing the criminalisation of Forced Marriages. See the attached documents some of the logic Miss Afzal applied when responding to the Home Office Consultation on behalf of the APA
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Home Office Forced Marriage Consultation document December 2011.
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blackburnfuturesdebate.pdf
Interesting presentation delivered by Harry Catherall-Chief Executive-Blackburn with Darwen Council, the debate set out the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing demographic makeup of Blackburn with Darwen. Harry Catherall demonstrates proactive thinking.

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