“During the Windrush era my parents took the brave decision to leave everything they knew in St Anne’s, Jamaica to come to Britain for a better life. Their ethos of integrity and hard work is what I aspire to each day. I am the eldest of four and have two brothers and a sister. I had a happy and secure childhood, family unity was really important to us, especially as many of them had migrated for a better life.
“As a child I was a bookworm and I also loved school and the special friendships made then are still strong today”.
“My proudest moment was wearing my cap and gown to graduate from Birmingham Poly now Birmingham City University.
“I was an agency worker and started to work for West Midlands Police as a temporary employee in 1985. After two years I was still here and the then chief superintendent decided it was more cost effective to employ me on a permanent basis. I was employed as a police staff member and will be celebrating 33 years with the force this month.
“I am a founder member of the force’s Black and Asian Police Association (BAPA). BAPA is part of the process that enables racial diversity, inclusion and a cultural awareness of our communities and ensures that ethos becomes embedded into our organisation. I joined because although I have never experienced racism at work myself, I knew those that had.
“And I thought that there was a lack of equality in how visible ethnic minority officers were treated in the organisation.
“If you work for West Midlands Police and identify yourself as being from a visible ethnic minority you can join as a full member. Associate membership is open to all employees regardless of ethnic origin, who share our aims and values.
“It makes sense for us and our communities to reflect those we serve as I firmly believe it helps to build trust and confidence.”
Daphne Christie, police staff, Information Management Team