The nature of policing means that we interact with people from different backgrounds every day. It is important that we understand and are sensitive to individuals' differences so we can provide an appropriately tailored policing service. To do this, we need to employ a workforce that is reflective of our communities.
Positive Action is about creating a level playing field and ensuring the same starting point for everyone. Structures in our society mean that not everybody starts from the same position. Positive Action is a range of lawful measures that employers can implement to minimise any disadvantages or imbalance of opportunities faced by people from under-represented groups.
Positive Action is not about giving more favourable treatment to particular groups in the recruitment process. Selection for recruitment must be based solely on merit.
Positive Action is often confused with positive discrimination. In recruitment terms, positive discrimination would generally mean employing someone because they come from a traditionally disadvantaged group, irrespective of whether they have the relevant skills and qualifications. This is unlawful and is not supported by West Mercia Police.
This action applies for police staff roles, police officers, community support officers and special constables protected by the characteristics in the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 aims to prevent discrimination and strengthen the promotion of equality, make the current equality law consistent, clear and easier to follow ensuring fairness across the board where possible.
However, the protected characteristics must be assessed separately in each case depending on West Mercia Police level of representation. This will determine who we can offer Positive Action support to.
The protected characteristics are:
marriage and civil partnership
pregnancy and maternity
religion or belief
Our Positive Action team develops initiatives around recruitment, retention and progression, supporting our aim of being a representative workforce which offers everyone equality of opportunity to progress and flourish.
The team provides practical support to candidates, such as Discovery Sessions to walk them through the application process, 1-2-1 support and webinars.
When available, team also attends community-based events and careers fairs, where they are available to answer any questions you may have about working with us. If individuals are interested in pursuing a career with us, we are able to take their details in order to discuss future employment opportunities with West Mercia Police.
As vacancies arise, our Positive Action team can offer tailored assistance. We recognise that everyone is different and want to help you, according to your needs. For more information on how we can support you, please email [email protected].