The Disability Confident Scheme is awarded following an assessment by the Business Disability Forum and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

It recognises employers who are positive about the skills that people with disabilities can bring to the workforce, which in turn removes barriers to recruiting and retaining them.

The scheme has three levels – Employer, Committed and Leader. Cheshire Constabulary has been awarded Disability Confident Leader status – the highest level an organisation can achieve.

Assistant Chief Constable Matthew Welsted said:

I am delighted that Cheshire Constabulary has been recognised as a Disability Confident Leader, the highest level status that can be achieved by an organisation. This award demonstrates our commitment to inclusion and the value added by people from diverse backgrounds in the workplace, ensuring that those with disabilities and long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

The force has recently teamed up with East Cheshire NHS Trust and formed a plan to work together, share best practice and help each other gain reaccreditation of their respective Disability Confident Leader status. This partnership is another step in the right direction in ensuring that we are learning from and sharing best practice with an organisation that is at the forefront of diversity, equality and inclusion. Both organisations hold Level 3 (Leader) status, which is the highest level of the Disability Confident framework, defining us as being at the forefront of best practice.

I would particularly like to highlight to all potential applicants considering joining the Constabulary, ‘we don’t just accept difference, we value it’ so come and join our organisation – a place where you can be you.