New Gypsy, Roma Traveller Police Association launched in Westminster

PRESS RELEASE

The Traveller Movement has teamed up with the Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association (GRTPA) to help organise their national launch in the Houses of Parliament.  This important event is taking place on 17th July 2014, and will be hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsies Travellers and Roma and chaired by Shadow Justice Minister, Andy Slaughter MP.

The GRTPA was started in September 2013 by an English Romany Gypsy Officer from Thames Valley Police, Jim Davies and a Czech Roma Officer from Cambridgeshire, Petr Torak, who met by chance at an Association of Chief Police Officers conference. The association has grown quickly and now has over 50 members from the UK and several members from Europe.

The formation and national launch of the GRTPA will mark a key milestone in how Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities participate and engage with police forces up and down the country.

Jim Davies; GRTPA Chair and Police Officer at Thames Valley Police said:

“I had heard of other Traveller Police Officers but didn’t know who they were. We just weren’t that visible. Part of the problem is, I think, that such is the level of discrimination towards us, discrimination that exists in all walks of life, many Travellers who have built successful careers are apprehensive about disclosing their ethnicity for fear it may harm them. This is as true in policing as it is in other professions.”.

Mike Doherty

Campaigns and Communications Officer

(Working Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

 

Tel: 0207 607 2002

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