Our commitment to equal opportunities
Cheshire Constabulary is an equal opportunities employer and wants to have a workforce representative of the communities that we police and serve.
As an employer, we strive to ensure that all our personnel practices, including recruitment, promotion and development are applied consistently and fairly and that the overriding principle governing selection is merit.
We are not fully representative yet and we are addressing this imbalance through a variety of initiatives and by ensuring the conduct and behaviour of our staff is beyond reproach.
Taking positive action
We promote positive action and offer support and mentoring to all staff and potential applicants and candidates from under-represented groups, including:
- People with a disability
- Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans community
- People from a black or ethnic minority background
- People from different faiths
The selection process for candidates from these under represented groups is exactly the same as for any other candidate.
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.
During November the force are also looking to launch an exciting new opportunity through the introduction of our first Insight Programme which aims to increase the representation of females, BME, LGBT or members of the community with a disability.
Equality of Opportunity Plan
Under the Equality of Opportunity Plan, Cheshire Constabulary will:
- Constantly review policy and grievance procedures to ensure compliance with legislation and best practice
- Ensure the make up of the Force reflects our commitment to Equal Opportunities by matching the national averages produced by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and mirroring the size of the ethnic population.
- Reduce harassment in the work place
- Open up opportunities for appointment to specialist posts for all qualified staff
- Review the promotion process
- Train staff in Equal Opportunities policy and procedure.
Through the Disability Confident campaign, the Government is working with employers to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. The Disability Confident Scheme replaces the Government Two Ticks positive action scheme.
Cheshire Constabulary has signed a signed a charter for mindful employers who are positive about mental health, demonstrating its commitment to the mental wellbeing of staff.