1996- The formation of BAPA

The murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 had a significant impact on the Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) community, both inside and outside of the police.

In 1994, the Metropolitan Black Police Assocation (BPA) was created, with the Commissioner of the time Sir Paul Condon declaring it was the only way forward in tackling the significant amounts of BME officers leaving police forces across the country.

On 1 January 1996, black officers and support staff met for the first time in West Midlands Police to explore their reality in the police service and to share their feelings and experiences openly. The basis of these discussions was to address the disproportionately high number of black officers leaving the service and from this an informal social network was established, which would later become the Black and Asian Police Assocation.

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