Members of the Northamptonshire Muslim Police Association supported Northampton’s first ever Mela last weekend.
The group of officers attended with the aim of raising awareness of community policing among minority ethnic communities as well as create a better understanding between communities.
Special Constable Nayhaa Saleem, spent time speaking with members of the public about the role of officers and specials and recruitment into the force.
The event, which was organised by Buddies of Becket’s Park, was supported by Northamptonshire Police and the Northamptonshire Muslim Police Association.
Sophia Perveen, Chair of the Muslim Police Association, said: “This was the first Mela organised by Buddies of Becket’s and it was a great success, with crafts, food and lots of performers displaying their talents, including Irish, Bhangra and Bollywood style dancers.
“The event drew crowds from across the county as they celebrated diversity and community cohesion and we were able to showcase the work we do as well as the opportunities that exist within the force for people from all walks of life.”
Chief Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “I was delighted to attend the Mela last weekend and meet lots of people from Northampton’s many communities.
“Building relationships and engaging with the public are vital in our roles as police officers and events such as this allow us to meet people we may never otherwise have contact with, while having fun.
“It was great to see so many people in Becket’s Park enjoying their afternoon and I look forward to attending similar events in the future.”