West Midland Police Service Faith & Belief Group
We aim to reach out in order to build stronger bonds
of understanding and co-operation and value all of our colleagues and
The Chair of the Faith & Belief Group, PC Simon Alicoon
British culture is now more diverse than ever before. Our openness and tolerance
is part of what distinguishes us as a country, and this is reflected in our high
levels of cohesion, with 82 per cent of people agreeing that people from
different backgrounds get along well together in their local area
(Department for Communities and Local Government, 2008).
Every one of us has our own unique identity, made up from complex sources,
in which ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion and belief all play a part.
The 2001 United Kingdom Census contained a voluntary
question about religious identity which over 92 per cent of people chose to
answer. Over three-quarters of respondents – more than 44 million people –
identified themselves as having a religious faith, whereas just over 15 per
cent stated that they had no religion. More than seven out of ten people said
that their religion was Christian, this means that nearly a quarter subscribe
to another faith or belief.
The West Midlands Police Faith & Belief Group aims to bring staff and officers,
with differing perspectives, together to facilitate:
Face to face dialogue, which supports a greater understanding of shared values
as well as an appreciation of distinctiveness;
Side by side collaborative action, where people of different faiths/beliefs
come together and share their time, energy and skills to improve the
workplace and the service offered to our multi-cultural
More constructive relationships between those who hold faith-based beliefs and
those who do not; Benefits from engaging with each other on equal
terms, breaking down barriers and challenging negative stereotypes.
Terms of Reference
Advise West Midlands Police on faith and belief issues and make our staff feel comfortable
about being open with their faith or belief at work.
Demonstrate to the public that West Midlands Police works for people of all religious
faiths & beliefs and is a great place to work.
Faith and belief includes people who hold no religious beliefs.
Aims: Raise awareness and understanding of faith/belief within WMP in order to negate barriers and
- Encourage faith/belief requirements to be integrated into the policies and
procedures of the Force.
- Make recommendations on the required facilities to accommodate the
faith/beliefs of staff and service-users.
- Provide informal support to colleagues regarding faith/belief issues.
- Provide advice on operational matters involving faith/belief where requested.
- Advise on how West Midlands Police can comply with the Employment Regulations 2003 (religion and belief).