Representing and Serving Your Community
Officers in Humberside Police come from every walk of life, but there is always room for us to improve and better represent the growing diverse communities.
The more diverse our police officers, the easier it is for us to connect with, and understand, the needs of all the people we serve.
The most effective police service is one that can help anyone, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, level of ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith, relationship or parental status.
Diversity and Positive Action
"Reflecting the people we serve" Deputy Chief Constable Garry Forsyth
Policing in Humberside is about making our communities safer and improving public confidence and satisfaction by increasing the visibility and availability of officers and staff.
A Representative Workforce
We believe we can enhance our organisation and the services we deliver by increasing the presence of people with diverse characteristics among our officers and staff.
"Passionate about serving the public" PC Beatrice Smith speaks about wanting to see a more representative police force.
Many years ago police officers tended to be recruited from a narrow range of social and economic groups, factors like broadening population ethnicity, greater range of faiths and beliefs, stronger human rights protection and improved equality of opportunity have enabled us to draw now from a far wider range.
Fair Recruitment and Selection
Our recruitment and selection processes are entirely based upon merit. Those individuals who perform most strongly in selection are the ones who are offered positions working with us.
Here in Humberside Police, we believe that public confidence is affected positively by the diversity of our workforce. The more diverse our people, the more possible it is for us to connect with and understand the varying needs of all the people we serve. Then, if we understand those needs, we can seek to meet them.
The most effective police service is one that can be adjusted to help anyone, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, level of ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith, relationship or parental status.
September 2016 recruit Natassha Gray talks about her life since she applied earlier in 2016
In the UK, positive action is a term used to describe the range of actions employers can use legitimately to reach and encourage people with characteristics under-represented among the present workforce to become candidates for selection. It is also used to help candidates overcome disadvantage experienced in selection.
Positive action is a tool to help achieve greater workforce diversity. The essence of our positive action work is:
• Reaching out to people in under-represented groups to encourage them to apply to join us
• Engaging with people to learn why a career in policing has not attracted them before
• Communicating accurate, current information about policing and recruitment to burst the myths and correct the out-of-date
• Demonstrating that people from under-represented groups can thrive and flourish in policing organisations
To support our people, Humberside Police has a broad range of staff associations. Specific groups include:
- Black Police Association
- Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender network
- Women’s Network
- Disabled Police Association
- Christian Police Association
- Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Police Association
- Pagan Police Association
- Spiritualist Association
To find out more about Positive Action in Humberside Police contact Helen Maxwell via firstname.lastname@example.org