West Mercia Police is an exciting organisation to work for, with a wide range of opportunities for employment. Policing encompasses many roles, from front-line operational duties to numerous supporting roles undertaken by police staff.
We have won a number of prestigious awards which reflect the importance we place on creating an excellent workplace for all.
Stonewall Top 100 Employer
We have been judged by Stonewall to be among the top 100 employers nationally for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The award, which is seen as the definitive national benchmarking exercise showcasing Britain’s top employers for gay staff, is awarded only to employers who demonstrate that equality and diversity is not an optional extra but a core value.
In 2011, West Mercia Police is ranked 38th, jumping from 73rd in 2010, despite an increase in the number of organisations taking part from 352 last year to 378.
This consolidates the force's efforts after being ranked 73rd in also 2009 and 121st in 2008.
Positive About Disabled People
In 2009, West Mercia was also awarded the Disablity Two Ticks symbol. This is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers in England, Scotland and Wales who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff.
Employers who use the disability symbol make five commitments regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness.
These commitments are:
- to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities
- to discuss with disabled employees, at any time, but at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities
- to make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment
- to take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work
- to review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.
Race For Opportunity
In 2011 West Mercia Police was granted a Race for Opportunity Silver Certificate for its commitment to creating a racially inclusive workforce.
Race for Opportunity is the UK's most extensive survey of racial diversity in the workplace and within communities and it is committed to improving employment opportunities for ethnic minorities across the UK. It is organised by Business in the Community, one of The Prince's Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is President.
Deputy Chief Constable David Shaw said "This is a significant achievement for West Mercia Police and the people we serve. It reflects our determination to be an employer of choice for all and provide the best service to our diverse communities."