Faith leaders have commended senior officers for their work in engaging with the Muslim community and building the trust and confidence in the police.
Superintendent Kevin Brown and Chief Inspector Graham Hadley, Commander and Deputy Commander for the Wycombe Local Policing Area (LPA), have received formal recognition from the Mayor of High Wycombe at a ceremony hosted by the Mayor.
The ceremony was attended by influential members of the local Muslim community, including leading Muslim scholar Imam Sahibzada Ghulam Jeelani who said: “It is important that we, the community, recognise the excellent progress the police have made with the Muslims in High Wycombe, led by the Commander and Deputy Commander.”
At the ceremony Councillor Maz Hussain, Mayor of High Wycombe, said: “I have great pleasure in formally recognising you for supporting efforts to revitalise much-needed community engagement and increasing the trust and confidence of a disparate Muslim community across High Wycombe. I am proud to learn from residents that during your short tenure as the Commanders of Wycombe LPA, you have made significant efforts that have gone a long way towards developing improved and much-needed relations with the local Muslim community. Judging by the many significant successes, the town will become an encouraging example for other parts of Thames Valley Police.”
Superintendent Kevin Brown, Commander for Wycombe local policing area, said: “I am proud to receive this formal recognition on behalf of all my officers and staff who police Wycombe every day and night. Each one of them has been instrumental in building trust and confidence in the police from a community who felt that they were not being listened to. Community engagement is a necessity for policing because when our communities believe and trust that the police are there to help, they are more comfortable reporting crimes, incidents and concerns to us as well as providing information to help disrupt those involved in criminal behaviour.”
Chief Inspector Graham Hadley, Deputy Commander for Wycombe local policing area, said: “I am pleased that the Mayor of High Wycombe has formally recognised the hard work of our police team in Wycombe and I appreciate the acknowledgement from the community. Over the last few years, we have reformed our Independent Advisory Group to ensure it is inclusive of all our local diverse communities. We have established and developed close links with faith groups and individuals from under-represented groups to promote open dialogue and instigate regular, positive engagement. We have also built important links with young people in the Muslim community through voluntary groups and sports activities in order to enhance police and community relations.
“Through joined up working, I believe we have made important steps in changing the way the police and the Muslim community work together in the future in a truly positive way.”