‘Community Monitors’ to keep watch on policing of Birmingham’s Simmer Down Festival

police-watchprovided by: Netpol
published: 9 July 2014

On 20 July 2014, a team of trained independent ‘Community Monitors’ will observe and record the actions of police officers and security staff during Birmingham’s popular Simmer Down Reggae Festival.

Community scrutiny of the policing operation in and around Handsworth Park, where the festival takes place, is part of Netpol’s Community Monitoring Project and has been organised alongside 4WardEver UK, Birmingham Ethnic Minorities Association (BEMA) and BirminghamStrong Justice 4 All.

Funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation enables Netpol to pilot three community monitoring projects in different parts of the country, which aim to increase police accountability over the treatment of individuals and the process of local decision-making in each of the three pilot areas.

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Listen to Tippa Naphtali live on NewStyle Radio 98.7FM on Wed, 16 July, 1:15pm – 2:30pm.

He will be speaking about the upcoming Netpol Police Monitoring at the July Simmer Down Festival in Handsworth, and the RedAlert Telephone Helpline Service to be launched in 2015.

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