Tola Munro – NBPA President

Tola has served with Gwent Police since 2006.

He has two engineering degrees from De Montford University in Leicester followed by a twelve year career in engineering finishing up in Cardiff.

He  spent six years at Christchurch in Newport as a youth leader and a church administrator and a brief spell at the Office for National Statistics.

In 2010 Tola spent 101 days in Maryland, USA as Fulbright Police Research Fellow researching domestic abuse. He obtained a Master’s degree in Police Leadership & Management at Warwick Business School in 2016.

He has been heavily involved in Gwent Black Police Association (GBPA) since joining the force in 2006. He served for two years as the Training, Recruitment and Progression Officer and was elected Chair in November 2013 with the promise of a higher profile for the Association, working more closely with other Staff Associations, and assisting the Police & Crime Commissioner to reduce race Hate Crime in Gwent. In 2014 he oversaw the name change to GEMA (Gwent Police Ethnic Minority Association).

His ‘BRAVE’ vision helped meet the objectives of Gwent Police:

  • Be Engaged in BME Communities and lead on reducing Race Hate Crime
  • Raise the GEMA profile locally, regionally and nationally
  • Agitate for Gwent Police to better reflect the ethnic minority communities it serves – a Service that Works
  • Value and support our members
  • Empower and progress BME staff & officers in Gwent Police – an Employer of Choice

Prior to his election as President Tola worked as a Police Sergeant for a Response team that covered Monmouthshire county.

Improving the legitimacy of policing is close to his heart and he is passionate about serving the public, working with BME staff networks in the Welsh public sector and with Black Police Associations. He aim to focus on the Peelian legitimacy issues of Representation, Engagement, Police Powers & Support (REPS):

  • To increase the representation of the BME workforce in policing…
  • …to better engage with BME communities, so we better reflect them…
  • …to monitor the Police Powers on those communities including Racial Profiling, Stop & search, Use of Force & Taser, Arrest, Mental health detentions, and Deaths in Police contact.
  • To provide support to all our members especially those involved in Whistleblowing, submitting grievances and Employment Tribunals.

Tola and his wife have a son, three daughters and my wife has a dog. Much of my leisure time is spent reading, watching movies, mountain biking DIY and in church-related activities. I am also a family and police historian and am trying to write a couple of research papers on the history of women in policing.