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Police Commander is one of the role models being recognised this Black History Month

A Hampshire Police Commander is one of a number of Black role models in the south being recognised during this year's Black History Month.

Superintendent Alison Heydari has spent her police career on the beat in Hampshire, working her way up through the ranks over the years. She is now one of the highest ranking black female officers in the country.

Black History Month runs throughout October to acknowledge the contributions of black people today and throughout history. The organisers say these histories often 'overlooked' by the school curriculum and throughout the year. Its theme this year is Role Models and throughout the south there will be a series of events including art exhibitions, lectures and concerts.

Superintendent Alison Heydari joined us in the ITV News Meridian studio to talk about Black History Month, serving the Southampton community and to offer advice to anyone wanting to join the Constabulary: