Cambridgeshire Constabulary is holding an event next week to encourage people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds to consider joining the force
The positive action pre-recruitment event will take place on December 10 at 7pm at Cambridgeshire Police Headquarters in Huntingdon.
Those attending will be able to find out more about career options within the constabulary and ask questions to serving officers.
The event is part of a ‘positive action’ strategy which aims to ensure that the workforce fully represents the community it serves.
In addition to the pre-recruitment evening, a nine-week Access Course will take place in February. The course will provide an in-depth guide to front line policing, with serving officers from differing backgrounds providing valuable input on balancing the demands of a policing career with life outside of work.
Inspector Jayne Drury, Positive Action Lead, said: “Cambridgeshire has a diverse population and we are dedicated to developing a representative workforce. Currently 6.8% of Cambridgeshire residents indicate that they are from a BME background, this increases to 16.6% in Peterborough. However, less than 2% of police officers within the force describe themselves as BME.
“We have a strong commitment to equality and in order to effectively tackle crime and bring offenders to justice, we must reflect, understand and enjoy the trust and confidence of all the communities we serve.
“Positive Action has been instigated to encourage potential candidates from ethnic minorities to explore the opportunities of a career with the police.We want to recruit the best talent from the widest pool of people possible, that’s why we are actively encouraging people from all backgrounds to consider applying to become a police officer in Cambridgeshire. This includes those from ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bi–sexual and transgender people.”
The information evening and the course next year do not affect the recruitment process, but do provide an insight into the constabulary for people that may not have previously considered the police as a career option.
Positive action does not guarantee that anyone of a specific sex or race will gain employment. Cambridgeshire Constabulary will continue with their general recruitment events, which prospective candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
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