The National Black Crown Prosecution Association (NBCPA) has been awarded Public Sector Employee Network of the Year in the Race for Opportunity Awards 2012.
The awards celebrate public and private sector organisations committed to equality, diversity and inclusion that are demonstrating tangible results in the area.
The NBCPA, which brings together Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), was recognised for its impact on both CPS employment and prosecution practice.
The association has contributed to the development of prosecution and HR policies, equality objectives, equality impact assessments and learning materials. It has also played an important role in helping the CPS strengthen its pool of talented BAME staff.
In addition to its work within the CPS, the NBCPA also supports community engagement with diverse communities, delivering mentoring programmes with other members of the Criminal Justice System.
Dale Simon, Director of Equality and Diversity at the CPS, said: “The NBCPA plays an important role in promoting equality and diversity throughout the CPS and the wider criminal justice system. This award recognises the positive impact the association has not only through the development and support of its members but also on the CPS in general.”
Adrian Joseph, Chair of Race for Opportunity, opined that: “Race for Opportunity stands for diverse and inclusive senior leaders, building the talent pipeline, increasing BAME representation and progression in the workplace, and for the reduction of ethnic minority youth unemployment. This is not about philanthropy, it’s about sound business judgement, but never has our challenge been greater. I commend all the Race for Opportunity award winners for leading the way in unlocking this business opportunity and embedding diversity and inclusion into their long-term business planning and strategy.”