Policing with Pride: Meet the South Flintshire Neighbourhood Policing Team
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North Wales Police officers have highlighted the importance of diversity, equality and inclusivity within the force by sharing their personal stories and lived experiences.
Sergeant Emma Prevete of the South Flintshire Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) said how she was “struck” by the variance in protected characteristics after joining her team and why this should be celebrated.
From age to disability, sex, gender reassignment, race, and sexual orientation – a number of officers within her team share a unique and diverse blend from all backgrounds.
In line with Pride Cymru week, we will share their stories on the North Wales Police South Flintshire Facebook page, celebrating their backgrounds and experiences, and how their diversity benefits the communities they serve.
Sgt Prevete, who has been an officer for North Wales Police for more than 14 years, said: “Although diversity may not be represented across the entire force, it certainly is in the South Flintshire Neighbourhood Policing Team.
“I joined the team in March this year, and straight away, the diversity within the team really struck me.
“There are so many different protected characteristics within the team and it just works so well – we’re reflective of the communities that we serve.
“Each officer with a unique background and experience offer something different to the service.
“It means everybody has a different perspective. This is our strength, enabling us to police effectively.”
Sgt Prevete, a mother-of-one, who has had the support of from her peers in her role as a female PC and sergeant, added: “Neighbourhood policing is about visibility, problem solving, and engagement.
“With a team of officers who represent the community, the public are more likely to engage with us knowing that we understand them – it breaks down the barriers.
“As a team, I want to celebrate the diversity and acknowledge the support North Wales Police give to officers and staff.
“Nothing is a barrier – what is normal? Everything is welcome in our inclusive culture.
“We want people to feel comfortable to get in touch with us and ask us questions – no question is a stupid question.
“It’s important we get the message out there that, if we can do it, then why can’t you?”
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Head over to our South Flintshire Facebook page every day this week to hear from officers sharing their personal stories and lived experiences that highlight the importance of diversity, equality and inclusivity at North Wales Police.