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Positive award for positive cop: Police officer nominated for promoting the Force

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IN THE RUNNING: In his time as the Positive Action Co-ordinator with West Yorkshire Police, PC Amjad Ditta has worked hard to promote diversity in the Force’s recruitment

IN THE RUNNING: In his time as the Positive Action Co-ordinator with West Yorkshire Police, PC Amjad Ditta has worked hard to promote diversity in the Force’s recruitment

A West Yorkshire police officer, whose work over the past six months has helped create a more ‘diverse Force’, has been nominated for a prestigious emergency services award.

PC Amjad Ditta is just one of the few shortlisted professionals in the Positive Action category at the Asian Fire Service Association Awards. 

The accolade recognises a person within the emergency services who has, over the last 12 months, undertaken innovative practices to attract or develop staff from diverse communities.

West Yorkshire Police created the role of Positive Action Co-ordinator earlier this year in an attempt to help recruit, maintain and promote under-represented groups. 

PC Amjad Ditta, who joined West Yorkshire Police in 2005 as a Police Community Support Officer before joining as a police constable, took on the role in April this year.

Since taking up the position he has worked towards promoting the police service as a career option to minority groups and communities.  

He said: “I am honoured to have been shortlisted for this award and the work I have been doing across West Yorkshire this year. 

“My role as Positive Action Co-ordinator, I am the single point of contact for aspiring police officers and staff members. 

"We want our police service to be diverse and representative of the communities it serves. There is some serious talent out there but I know from my 11 years with the police and speaking to many people from different communities that there are myths and preconceived ideas that are holding people back from even considering applying to join the police.  

"I would like to wish all who have been nominated the best of luck at the awards ceremony." 

During his work in the role, PC Ditta has been engaging with communities in West Yorkshire and has become a regular fixture on social media channels, including Facebook Live videos, Twitter, Periscope and now has his own Snapchat account. 

He will now attend the Asian Fire Service Association Awards on 24th November in London. 

Manchester’s top female cop suspended after ‘dispute with fellow police woman about breasts’

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What a bust up!

  • Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe (350x347)Assistant Chief Constable rowed with Superintendent at Senior Women in Policing conference
  • The pair starting arguing about whose breasts were better
  • Greater Manchester Police suspends ACC Rebekah Sutcliffe

A high-ranking police officer has been suspended after reportedly having a dispute with a fellow female officer about who had the most attractive breasts.

46-year-old Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe got involved in a “loud” row with Superintendent Sarah Jackson at a hotel bar after the Senior Women in Policing Conference earlier this month.

The three-day ceremony held in the city between 4th and 6th May, was an event intended to "focus on the profile and perception of the police service, and the women within it, and the challenges that lie ahead", according to the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner website.

Speakers such as Sara Thornton, chairman of the National Police Chiefs' Council, Victims' Commissioner Baroness Newlove and former National Trust director-general Dame Fiona Reynolds, had attended the event.

It is not clear who started the argument, with one source claiming that ACC Sutcliffe had been 'comparing' breasts with Supt Jackson after their loud disagreement about who had the 'best boobs'.

One insider said that the 'very senior GMP officers were getting drunk and making utter fools of themselves'.

In a statement Greater Manchester Police said: "A senior officer has been suspended following allegations of inappropriate behaviour. An investigation is under way and it would be inappropriate to make further comment."

This is the third time that the three-times married mother-of-three, from Saddleworth has faced criticism over her behaviour.

In 2010 ACC Sutcliffe was given 'suitable advice' by a senior officer after she tried to gatecrash a Labour conference event at a Manchester city centre hotel.

Then in 2014 she was investigated for failing to declare that she was in a relationship with fellow officer Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rumney during a disciplinary hearing.