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DPA appoints new President

Following the 2023 Annual General Meeting, we are delighted to introduce Inspector Tracy Betts from Essex Police as the person chosen by the Executive Committee to fulfil the role of DPA President. Tracy had previously served as Interim President following the retirement of outgoing President Simon Nelson.

Tracy comments: “I’m thrilled and grateful to have been selected to join the Disabled Police Association as President, taking over from Superintendent Simon Nelson. His are big shoes to fill, but I’m sure with the help and support of the incredibly talented and capable Executive Committee and support networks throughout the country, we can take the DPA to the next level and continue to make positive and meaningful change to the working lives of our members, and for the public they serve.”

Tracy brings a personal commitment and much lived and professional experience, and we wish her well in her new role. ∎

Inspector Tracy Betts

Former DPA President awarded QPM

Supt Simon Nelson receiving the Queen’s Police Medal from HRH The Princess Royal

The outgoing President of the Disabled Police Association has been honoured on his retirement with the award of the Queen’s Police Medal, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on the 3rd March.

Superintendent Simon Nelson first joined Sussex Police in December 1993. In 2017 he was appointed to the DPA Executive Committee as Vice-Chair, and took over the role of President from Dr Robert Gurney in 2020.

In 2018, Simon published a candid and inspiring blog on his journey as a cancer survivor.

Inspector Tracy Betts, DPA Interim President, commented: “My DPA colleagues and I are delighted that Simon’s long service and tireless work in promoting disability in policing have been recognised. We wish Simon a long and happy retirement.”

Simon continues his work in support of diversity at the College of Policing, where he joins this month as a Senior Advisor to the Diversity & Inclusion Team. ∎

Disability in Policing conference marks DPA’s 10th Anniversary

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary this year, the Disabled Police Association, in conjunction with the NPCC will be holding our Disability in Policing National Conference in Coventry on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th September 2022.

Guest speakers include Rosie Cooper MP, Rhian Davies from Disability Wales, Dame Lynne Owens (ex Head of the NCA), Alexis Poole (NPCC Lead for Neurodiversity) and our very own President, Simon Nelson, as well others with a personal knowledge of different conditions.

The theme ‘Conversations with Confidence’ supports our ongoing work with police forces and stakeholders to ensure the fair treatment and inclusion for disabled, injured officers and staff who have long-term conditions. Our Association works particularly hard to ensure that it is the ability of disabled officers and staff which is recognised, rather than perceived limitations, supporting confidence to talk about disability without fear of saying the wrong thing.

The event aims to provide support and advice to Forces on how networks can assist, showcase good practice in relation to supporting officers and staff with disabilities, and explore the barriers in relation to self-declaration and intersectionality. Our committee members will also be on hand to take part in Q&A’s and drop-in sessions.

The conference is open to all police officers, staff, volunteers and CJS staff. To book a place, visit the website, contact your Force’s Disability Support Network, or contact us directly (using the General option and quoting your work email address). ∎