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.
As an employer, we strive to ensure that all of our processes around recruitment, progression and development are open and transparent and applied consistently and fairly. We recognise that there is still a great deal of work to be done if we are to be fully representative and are addressing these gaps through a wide variety of work and initiatives including the development and roll out of more familiarisation events which provide useful information to potential applicants on not only the roles which they are interested in applying for but also the key stages of the application process with handy hints and tips on how to make a successful application.
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.
This scheme will ensure that the Constabulary has a longer-term, sustainable recruitment strategy which ensures that talented members of the public are encouraged to join the service and have been fully supported when the application process is launched. It aims to provide coaching and mentoring and to raise awareness of Cheshire Constabulary, the policing family and opportunities and support that is available.
Who can apply?
Anyone who is interested in joining Cheshire Constabulary and are; aged 18 and above, from a black and/or minority group, lesbian, gay, transgender, female or has a disability.
What will be covered by the programme?
The programme has been developed to help enable each individual to improve themselves, their confidence, communication skills and to develop skills in dealing with difficult/challenging situations such as interview situations and assessment centres.
The programme will look to cover a range of topics and subject areas including:
- An overview of Cheshire Constabulary and the communities it serves;
- Our Positive Action strategy and what support is available outside of the programme;
- Communication Skills;
- Presentation Skills;
- Opportunities to experience what roles are really like through operational visits and works experience
- The application process and the key skills needed to approach each stage
Why is the force looking to introduce the programme?
To help break down barriers between the public and police force and help to instill confidence in the recruitment of new officers.
What will the application process be?
Candidates who are interested in applying to participate in the programme will need to express their interest via a short application process. There will be an eligibility criteria and applicants will have to be able to pass the Constabulary's vetting process prior to being eligible to join the programme.
Interested in the scheme?
If you are interested in the Insight programme and would like to be considered for our first cohort then please register your interest by completing the form below or by emailing the positive action mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then contact you with all the relevant information once we formally launch the scheme.