About Us

The GRTPA's founding purpose in 2014 has been to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Police Officers and other Police staff across the United Kingdom in the work environment and this will always remain its primary purpose. Since its inception, the GRTPA has created a place where education and awareness around GRT culture is key. This has ensured that members of the policing family have a better awareness of the key issues the GRT face and helped to reduce the incidences of prejudice and racism. Not only has GRTPA achieved this within the Police, but also through external work and publicity we have engendered a mutual trust and confidence with members of our community through the positive work we are doing. GRT community members outside of the police have acknowledged our hard work and we’ve received much positive feedback, such as “pleased to have all you for connections it’s made the difference” and in relation to our reporting of hate speech on social media “it’s so good to see more and more reports going in about these pages and comments”.

Our current objectives are to:

  • Develop a training package that could be used by all Police forces across the UK.
  • Be involved in recruitment campaigns and support candidates from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds.
  • To be visible and offer cultural awareness, advice and guidance internally but also externally.
  • Work with other organisations, associations and charities to improve the relationships between the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities and the Police.