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.

The Insight Programme aims to not only increase the representation of females, BME, LGBT or members of the community with a disability but to act as a support tool to all candidates who feel they would benefit from the programme.

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. Please note that places on the programme are limited therefore it is advisable that you book your place as soon as possible once the dates of the programme are released.

What is 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
  • The application process and the key skills needed to approach each stage

Why did the force 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 is the application process?

Candidates who are interested in applying to participate in the programme will need to express their interest via a short application process.

What have previous participants thought of the scheme?

Please go to our Insight Programme participant thoughts page.

Interested in the scheme?

If you are interested in the Insight programme please register your interest by emailing us and telling us which of the following roles you’re interested in:

  • Police officer
  • Special constable
  • PCSO
  • Police cadet
  • Force Control centre
  • Other (please tell us what)

We will then contact you with all the relevant information.