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Bid to help increase diversity within the police service continues with event in Shirebrook

Posted on 6th June 2017
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A recruitment information event has taken place in Shirebrook as part of an ongoing campaign to encourage people from under represented communities to join the force.

Officers from the Shirebrook Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team and one of the force’s recruitment specialists met with residents and shoppers in the town to speak about career options with Derbyshire Constabulary.

It took place on Friday, May 19 as part of a rolling programme of events across Derbyshire as part of the force’s Positive Action’ initiative, which aims to ensure the workforce is fully representative of the community they serve.

The team spoke about roles within the five strands of the policing family: Police officers, Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables, police staff and Police Support Volunteers.

A recruitment campaign for police officers with Derbyshire Constabulary is currently underway, and to become a police officer you must be at least 18 at the time of application and no older than 57.

You must have been resident in the UK for the past three years and be a British, EU or Commonwealth citizen with no restrictions on your stay in the UK. You must also hold a full clean driving license at the point of ‘passing out’ but not at the point of applying.

The selection process is no different and people continue to be recruited based on their own merit, but the aim of ‘Positive Action’ is to encourage applications from under-represented groups in the areas of age, disability, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Charlotte Hurst, Positive Action Officer for Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “We want to raise awareness that applications are now open for careers within Derbyshire Constabulary and we want to encourage those from under-represented groups to apply.

“We continue to promote Positive Action as part of our long term aim to enhance the community, particularly as the demographics of Derbyshire continue to change. It is important that we understand new emerging communities, as well as existing ones, and to do this we need to ensure that our workforce is diverse and reflects that.’’

Sergeant Mark Church of the Shirebrook Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We were pleased to be able to support this event and helping to break down any barriers people might think there are if considering a career in policing.

“In Shirebrook we have three police support volunteers and a Special Constable who consider themselves members of the polish community and they offer us and our community a great deal of support.”

For more information on careers with Derbyshire Constabulary, or to apply, please click here.

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