Join the Police: Police Now officer in West Midlands works with community faith leaders
Tuesday 15 February 2022
West Midlands Police officer PC Safyaan Javid shares his experience of joining the police with a speech impediment and the work he has been doing with faith leaders in Birmingham.
Police Now is working in partnership with the Home Office to recruit outstanding officers to the police service, including West Midlands Police, in support of the national Police Uplift Programme.
Police Constable Safyaan Javid joined West Midlands Police in the summer of 2020 via Police Now’s National Graduate Leadership Programme, after graduating university with a degree in Information Communications Technology and a master’s in Engineering Management.
He said: “I initially thought I couldn’t be a police officer because I had a stammer and I thought a lot of police officers probably don’t have a speech impediment. I met a police officer in West Midlands Police who had a slight stammer as well and that really inspired me, I thought if he can be a police officer then I can be as well.
“In the past year I have moved across different areas to tackle crime within the community. Each area has its own complexities and challenges and I have been able to develop projects in the community to bring awareness to important issues and proactively reduce crime.”
PC Javid has since become the Faith Forum Lead in Birmingham East, using his four languages to build stronger relationships within the community and working with senior policing staff and faith leaders to secure funding and organise public initiatives.
In this role, PC Javid is working with Muslim faith leaders to set up a forum for Asian women in the community, creating a safe space where victims of crime or domestic violence are supported in developing their careers and job plans. He is also working on ‘Mental Health Mondays’, creating focus groups between members of the public, police officers and faith leaders, with the aim of building a collaborative approach towards crime prevention and crime reduction.
PC Javid added: “I am particularly excited about this piece of work as it takes a new approach to working with the community by shifting the faith forum lead role into the neighbourhood policing team, which I think has real potential. It is so important to push forward with changes like this and, no matter your rank, be brave enough to propose new approaches to policing.”
Police Now has partnered with West Midlands Police for six years and has recruited a total of 172 police constables and 26 detective constables to the force to date, with a further cohort of detectives preparing to start their academy training in March.
Applications for the National Graduate Leadership Programme are closing soon. The structured, two-year programme supports graduates in neighbourhood policing roles across England and Wales.
Clare Power, Police Now’s Recruitment and Marketing Director, said: “We believe that neighbourhood policing is vital in supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our society. In a neighbourhood policing role, officers can become leaders in society and work alongside residents, local organisations and charities to reduce crime and transform a community into a safe and thriving place to live.
“In order to achieve this, it is crucial that our police service reflects the communities it seeks to serve and that we recruit outstanding graduates and career-changers to become leaders on the policing frontline. Only when the police has a workforce that is diverse, in both thought and background, can we lead real change in society and be the difference we wish to see.”
The Police Uplift programme has recruited more than 11,000 of the 20,000 new police officers pledged by March 2023 – 965 of which joined via Police Now, and with over 150 further officers due to begin their academy training in March.
Police Now has partnered with 33 police forces across England and Wales since it was established seven years ago. Police Now has recruited over 2,000 officers across England and Wales (over half of these officers were recruited prior to the Uplift, so are not included in Uplift stats referenced).
These Home Office Police Uplift stats have been taken from report published Wednesday 26th January 2022: England and Wales, quarterly update to 31 Dec 2021.