Medway community officer receives honorary diversity award
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Community Liaison Officer Bobby Mahay has been awarded an honorary diversity award from the Medway African and Caribbean Association (MACA) for his ongoing championing of diversity.
Bobby works closely with communities across north Kent to build trust and encourage open conversations with officers. He engages with hard-to-reach groups at an early stage to take positive, proactive action to help these communities.
Recently he set up meetings with senior members of the African and Caribbean communities to discuss any concerns they have and start up conversations regarding police use of force, stop and search, and recruitment.
Furthermore, Bobby works tirelessly to tackle hatred, intolerance and prejudice by organising events to celebrate Medway’s vibrant cultures and to offer reassurance to hard-to-reach communities that Kent Police will listen to their concerns as well as offering support to victims of hate crime.
‘I feel incredibly proud to be recognised by MACA for the work I do to promote an awareness of African and Caribbean culture. It’s amazing to receive an honorary award alongside so many individuals, groups and organisations who provide support for the community.
‘Community cohesion in Medway and throughout the UK is vibrant and I will continue to do all I can to protect that and stand up to all forms of hatred and discrimination.’
MACA has been working across Kent and Medway for over 35 years, championing diversity both at strategic and community level. As a nominee Bobby has shown significant commitment and dedication to breaking down barriers and has helped to give a voice to those who may feel they cannot speak out against the abuse or harassment they are experiencing.
Superintendent Rachel McNeil of Kent Police's Diversity and Inclusion Academy said:
'We are all extremely proud that Bobby has been recognised for his hard work and commitment to our local communities. He is a true ambassador for Kent Police.
‘He is dedicated and determined to make a difference to the lives of people in Medway and frequently goes above and beyond the call of duty to support our diverse communities.’