Additional support and governance
Unconscious bias training
An unconscious bias is an assumption that we make, possibly a prejudice that we have that we may not even realise. As unconscious bias could have consequences to assessing, recruiting and promotion of staff and officers across the force, each recruitment assessor received an unconscious bias training input prior to any recruitment activity.
These are senior officers and managers within the organisation who ‘champion’ a particular area of diversity. Their role is to ensure that the voice of employees is heard and that any issues are taken seriously at the most senior levels of the organisation.
Diversity Allies Scheme
Allies are visible, challenge behaviours, are there for colleagues as a support system and are proud to support staff networks and other in-force diversity activities.
Our staff networks provide an integral line of support for those coming into the organisation as well as existing staff. The networks organise events for their members and the members are also represented on the local, regional and national police network groups.
Cheshire Constabulary Minority and Ethnic Group (CCMEG)
A support network for police officers and staff that are members of black, minority or ethnic groups, as well as those who wish to help promote good race relations and equality opportunities within the Constabulary and local communities.
Cheshire Women in Policing (CWIP)
The network is affiliated to the British Association for Women in Policing. CWIP organises events such as menopause awareness, pregnancy and mums coffee mornings and breast cancer care events.
Christian Police Association (CPA)
This network aims to provide an environment of friendship, support and prayer, available to all. Staff and police officers of all faiths or no faith are welcome.
Disability Support Network (DISNET)
DISNET exists for all staff within the force, particularly those with a disability or people affected by disability, such as carers. The group offers advice on related issues such as benefits and work-life balance.
Twitter: @DisabledPolAssn (Disabled Police Association (DPA) – national network)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network
The LGBT+ Network is a confidential network offering advice and support to all staff, including officers and staff who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, GQ, intersex or non-binary. It is also open to those who don’t identify as LGBT+, but openly support equal rights and gender equality, and challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.