PC ANDREW REYNOLDS, THE OFFICER WHO CHEATED PREJUDICE AND DEVELOPED POLICING FOR HER BLACK COLLEAGUES
PC Andrea Reynolds joined the police 24 years ago.
After facing much prejudice like many other black officers and staff in the 1990s, she helped to develop policing for black colleagues across the country.
During her time in West Midlands Police, she has won awards including the International Association of Women: Police Officer of the Year, and is a founding member of the Black Police Association.
“At the time I began speaking with black officers from other forces and heard how some felt they’d been subject to isolation, had been overlooked for improvement courses, were unsuccessful applying for secondments, and were generally afforded less autonomy and opportunity than other colleagues. We started meeting each other for support and the seeds were sown for the Black Police Association (BPA), she said”
“Initially, there were considerable resistance. People would throw the line at us “well why isn’t there a white officers association”? The rationale behind the Association was not understood by many white officers because they couldn’t relate to the experiences of black officers.”
The Police Officer is also an author, church minister, performance poet, guitarist and 1st Dan Black Belt (Wado Ryu.
As a result of her achievements, she was recently featured in a book about 30 influential women with links to Birmingham.