At long last, after 10 years of offering to provide equality, diversity and human rights training to North Yorkshire Police, we did it! It has to be said that the police did not capitulate easily. Thanks are due to a police officer of colour who was given a project in this, his last year of service, to improve the diversity of the police force. On the day where Mary delivered the training to 35 police cadets, it was certainly heartening to see the LGBT cadets wearing their rainbow lanyards openly and proudly. It was also great to see cadets of colour alongside white colleagues.
This breakthrough came from campaigning in the police force by one of their own, who happened to be of colour. We do worry about the sustainability of ongoing training when this wonderful officer retires in a few weeks time. OLGA always maintains that activities and training should be delivered by users, who are from the protected characteristics of the equality law.