Inspector chosen to represent Muslim staff

Friday, 09 November, 2007

A West Midlands Police inspector has been chosen to represent the National Association of Muslim Police Officers (AMP) during a 12-month secondment.
Inspector Mohammed Hanif, based at Thornhill Road police station in Handsworth, will help represent the 1,000 members of the association, made up of officers and support staff from across the country.
"I am honoured and privileged to have been selected for this post, and delighted that a West Midlands officer has been given the opportunity to make things happen across the country in respect of Muslim officers," he said.
Insp Hanif, who joined the force in 1992, will spend his time working with forces across the country who are in the process of setting up regional associations. The AMP is currently formally established within five forces but new groups are being set up in a further four, including the West Midlands.
The association was formed earlier this year and its main aims are to support the recruitment and retention of Muslim staff, including assisting with career progression opportunities, to support members across a range of welfare needs, and to promote a wider understanding of Islam within the police service and the wider community, including engaging with local communities.
Superintendent Dal Babu, national chair of the association, said: "West Midlands Police is at the forefront of supporting our association and we are grateful for the valuable support, guidance and advice we have received from Chief Constable Sir Paul Scott-Lee and the force in general."
He said the association would be working closely with the Police Federation and other police-related support associations to identify opportunities where they could assist officers.
One of Insp Hanif's first jobs is to co-ordinate the national AGM for the association, due to take place in late January next year.

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