At our next Shabbat morning service on Saturday 18th May, we will be joined by Inspector Kevin Kelly of the Jewish Police Association.
Inspector Kelly will provide an insight into his journey as a North Yorkshire police officer and how modern policing has changed, improving for people from different backgrounds and beliefs.
He will explain that it’s not always been like this. Being the only employee of Jewish heritage his beliefs and backgrounds were often undisclosed, a pattern that has flowed through his life growing up on a multicultural council estate in Leeds in the early 1980s.
Kevin is now in charge of an operational firearms team, a roads crime policing unit and an operational support unit, having responsibility for keeping North Yorkshire safe.  Having served for over 16 years front line policing, he has also become an expert in drug crime and also quite the opposite – Wildlife crime and animal welfare.
Kevin is a member of the Jewish Police Association, a national support group for Jewish officers and staff. He will discuss the work they do and and how he can support you in York and surrounding areas

The service will be jointly led by Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism and student Rabbi Gabriel Webber.  It held at the Friargate Meeting House as usual, starting at 11am and will be followed by a bring and share vegetarian lunch.  Inspector Kelly will break speaking over lunch starting at around 12.45pm

  1. Regret I cannot be with you as still in Hungary. Would like to ask Indpector Kelly why it was necessary for two police officers armed with what looked like sub machine guns to be strutting through Christmas shopping crowds last December. Made me feel distinctly uneasy.

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