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Special Constabulary Recruitment: Positive Action

Police officers, staff, volunteers and Special Constables interact and work with people from different backgrounds every day.

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And when recruiting for the Special Constabulary we seek to understand and be sensitive to an individual's differences in order to deliver an appropriately tailored policing service, one that reflects the communities we serve.

It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their:

  • age
  • being or becoming a transsexual person
  • being married or in a civil partnership
  • being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • disability
  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • religion, belief or lack of religion/belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation.

These are referred to as 'protected characteristics'.

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.

Under the public sector Equality Duty public bodies, such as the police, have to consider all individuals when carrying out their day-to-day work. The duty requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination
  • advance equality of opportunity, and
  • foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities.

We seek to achieve the above aims by adopting Positive Action to counteract the effects of past discrimination and to abolish stereotyping. Selection for recruitment is based solely on merit.

We encourage people from under-represented groups to take advantage of recruitment, work and training opportunities with West Mercia Police.

Protected characteristics must be assessed separately in each case depending on West Mercia Police's level of representation in the previous year.

This will determine who we can offer Positive Action support to.

How can we help you?

The Special Constabulary Recruitment Team have staff members who understand and are committed to Positive Action.

They attend community-based events and will answer questions you may have about working with West Mercia Police.

If you are interested in becoming a Special Constable with us, the team will take your details in order to discuss future employment opportunities with West Mercia Police.

How can I get this help?

The Special Constabulary Recruitment Team recognise that everyone is different and we want to help you, according to your needs.

As vacancies arise, our team can offer you tailored assistance.

For more information about Positive Action, visit West Mercia Police's dedicated web page or contact us by email.