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Our approach to diversity, equality and inclusion

Gloucestershire Constabulary recognises the benefits of increasing diversity across our workforce. We know that we are ‘Better Together’ as individuals, teams and with our communities and partner agencies.

Our Better Together Team provide positive action support to people from underrepresented and diverse communities who are considering a career in policing.

The team aim to break down barriers between the organisation and the diverse communities it serves, by identifying areas where the organisation may need to improve.

We require the very best individuals from society to join us to help make us a representative and diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve.

We aim to be an employer of choice and encourage those from a diverse background to step up, make a difference and join us.

If you have any questions about joining us please contact: BetterTogetherTeam@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk

As part of our approach, in July 2020, the Constabulary established a Community Legitimacy Panel made up of members of the county’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. It will look at areas such as recruitment and promotion, as well as helping the Constabulary develop policies around stop and search and the use of force.

More information and how to apply can be found here.

Better Together Team

Short biographies of the Better Together team at Gloucestershire Constabulary.

My focus has always been around people. I’ve spent time studying social sciences and working in market research roles. Since I moved to the UK in 2007 I’ve spent much of my time in the hospitality industry working in various operational and managerial roles. During that time I’ve had the honour of working and meeting some amazing people from many different backgrounds, cultures and life experiences. This has led me to develop an interest in training, leadership, development and recruitment.

I’m very passionate about diversity, equality and inclusion, as well as empowering women in workplace and female leadership. I’m convinced that my experience, skills and knowledge will allow me to support the Constabulary in its commitment to its People First Approach –putting people at the heart of the way in which we lead and develop our people to deliver outstanding service to the public of Gloucestershire.

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I was born in Jamaica and worked as a Detective Constable there for a number of years before migrating to the United Kingdom. Before coming into this role I worked in the health care sector.

I’m a passionate team player that enjoys helping other people and my ambition is to one day become a police officer here in the UK. I hope what I can bring to the team is knowledge and experience having worked in policing in Jamaica for 16 years. I believe that any workplace that embraces diversity and equality creates a good atmosphere for its employees. A level playing field for everyone to ensure that each individual is treated in a fair and equal manner.

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I was born in Jamaica and moved to the UK in 1984. I’m married with four girls and a grandmother of three. I have a diploma HE in Informal and Community Education and a degree in Social Studies. I’ve worked in a number of organisations over the years across volunteer, private and public sectors. I now have over 30 years’ experience in community development and youth work.

I truly believe that all people should be treated fairly and I channel this passion towards young people and community development. I now lead a team within the Constabulary in my role as the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Manager as well as support all of our staff associations.

Events

Our Better Together Team coordinate a number of external engagement events throughout the year for people who are interested in a career in policing.

Join us to find out more about the opportunities open to you. Our team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about joining us, the application or recruitment process.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet serving officers and staff, and hear about their experiences joining the force.

There are currently no upcoming events.

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The Black, Asian and minority Ethnic family Covid-19 Helpline

Barnardo’s has launched a vital new support service which they hope will make a positive difference to the lives of many Black, Asian and minority ethnic children, young people and their families impacted by Covid-19.

This is a UK-wide helpline which will focus on issues specifically affecting children, young people and families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, who as we all know, have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

The new service is a free telephone helpline and web chat facility for children, young people and families from these communities who are suffering the long-lasting and wide-ranging impact of Covid-19.

Barnardo’s specialist advisors will aim to provide on-going support on a complex range of issues including mental health, bereavement, family break-down, neglect, back to school, parenting advice, counselling, family stress, discrimination, barriers to services and more.

You can find out more about the new helpline by clicking here.

Support Associations

Below are the Support Association Networks available to you upon joining:

The Police Federation of England and Wales -The staff association for police constables, sergeants and inspectors (including chief inspectors) which represents more than 119,000 rank and file officers.

Unison - The public service union, representing full and part time staff who provide public services.

Ability - Our Disabled Employee Network for members of our workforce who are disabled, have conditions, or cognitive processing differences.

Christian Police Association - A national voice for Christians in policing.

Gloucestershire Ethnic Minority Association - Our network for people from any background, focusing on Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage.

LGBT+ Staff Support Network - Our network for the LGBT+ community and those with LGBT+ co-workers, friends and family.

WIN - Our Women's Initiative Network.

Plus an ever growing range of smaller sub networks dedicated to tackling specific issues and supporting certain groups including those dealing with dementia, the menopause, autism and many more.