Black History Month Community Spotlight - Chief Insp. Rod Rose
Rod Rose is temporary Chief Inspector for Walsall NPU, West Midlands Police.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
It’s a great opportunity to raise the profile and celebrate the valuable contributions that the black community have and continue to make locally, nationally and internationally.
What does it mean to you to be Black and British?
I am very proud to be a black British male, to reside in such a richly diverse country is something I don’t take for granted. Sure there are issues and progress is required in many areas to improve diversity & inclusion but I feel Britain is way ahead of many other countries on these themes.
Who inspires you?
For me, it's Nelson Mandela whose biography I read many years ago. A man of great honour, pride, strength and resilience who gave so much for the greater good of others.
What are your hopes and aspirations for the future?
I would like for my children to be accepted for who they are as people and their difference valued and accepted without question. I would like them to find employment with an employer who rewards merit and hard work and offers an equal playing field in terms of career progression.