Stephen Lawrence Day - Thursday 22 April 2021

Thursday 22nd April 2021, 6.30pm, Online

Staffordshire University will be marking Stephen Lawrence Day on 22 April 2021 with an online event that seeks to review the impact Stephen’s story has had on policing so far, the media portrayal of this story, and the protests against police brutality and racially motivated violence against black people over the decades.

Stephen Lawrence Day

Because of Stephen, institutional racism within the police was brought into the spotlight, sparking one of the most important moments in British criminal justice. With more than 1,200 student officers currently enrolled on our programmes, many of whom may be too young to remember Stephen Lawrence, we have a responsibility to highlight the importance of representation within the police. A vital part of this for us is facilitating open and honest conversations around race and inclusion in policing. We want to keep the conversation going and ensure that Stephen’s legacy continues.

Join us on Stephen Lawrence Day to learn about the impact his story has had on policing so far and have your questions answered by our panel of experts.

Key note speaker

Dr Derrick Campbell PH.D, MBA, DMS, QTLS, FCMI, FHEA

Derrick is a consultant who has worked in the community for over 30 years. He has worked with young people to move them from crime to education; organisations to improve their culture, environment and effectiveness, inc. organisational design. He has worked both nationally and internationally and influenced change in national policy on youth affairs, EDI, social engagement and regulation.

Panellists will include:

Paul Giannasi

National Police Hate Crime Advisor
Paul works for the National Police Chiefs’ Council in the United Kingdom having accrued 30 years experience as a police officer. He advises on hate crime policy and responses and manages True Vision ( on behalf of the police. He is the co-author of the national Police Hate Crime Guidance which offers advice to all UK police officers and partners.

Jane Sawyers QPM DL
Associate Professor of Policing Practice
School of Law, Policing and Forensics
Jane joined Staffordshire police as a constable in 1984 and served in every rank in the force, retiring as the chief constable in 2017. She worked all over Staffordshire in a variety of roles including uniformed operations, drugs investigation and professional standards. As a senior officer she led the force response to many high-profile operations including the national disorder in 2011, the London Olympics in 2012 and a number of terrorist incidents. Whilst serving as a police officer she gained a master’s degree in applied criminology and police management from the University of Cambridge. In June 2017 she was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for her outstanding contribution to policing.

Genelle Aldred

Writer, Presenter

Genelle runs GA\C a communications consultancy helping people, brands and organisations to be strategic with their communications. Her first book about Communication and Social Justice will be published in the summer of 2021. She is a regular contributor on news outlets. Genelle is an Ambassador for SANDS and is on the Executive Committee for Women in Journalism. She is also a former newsreader and journalist for BBC, ITN and ITV.

If you would like to record your thoughts and learn more about Stephen’s story click here

Please submit your questions to the speakers before the event, please note all questions will be moderated in advance of being published. Due to high volumes received on previous events, we cannot guarantee your question will be answered.
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Joining the event
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Event recording
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