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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: [email protected]

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.

To find out more information as well as how to apply please visit our Community Legitimacy Panel page.

Better Together Team

Short biographies of the Better Together team at Gloucestershire Constabulary.

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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.

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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 have always had an interest in matters relating to social justice and the legal system, which inspired me to study law at university.

Throughout my time at university, I worked as part of a committee aimed at closing the attainment gap between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and their white counterparts. This initiative helped secure internships and further work experience opportunities for ethnically diverse students who are underrepresented in fields such as policing.

As a Positive Action Officer, I strive to build on this work and I am strongly motivated about implementing practical change, equality and effective levels of trust and cooperation between the police and local communities.

I have been a serving police officer since 1996 and transferred to the Constabulary in 2002 having started my early career in the Metropolitan Police, London. I have worked in a variety of roles throughout my time in policing and joined the Better Together team at the start of January 2021.

I have always sought to move the diversity, equality and inclusion agenda forward during my time in service. So this role was an ideal opportunity for me to become part of the change that is needed if we are to genuinely connect with all of our diverse communities.

The varied nature of the role is what makes it both challenging and rewarding and I see it as a unique opportunity to make a difference. It is incredibly important that the Constabulary is more reflective of the county; not because it sounds like a popular thing to do or ticks a number of boxes but because I fundamentally believe it is the right thing to do, helping to improve services to all our communities and kick-start an era of lasting change.

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.

Date

Time

Policing area

Location

Monday 5th July 10am to 4pm Tewkesbury Lidl car park, Bishops Cleeve
Tuesday 6th July 10am to 12pm Tewkesbury Co-op car park, Northway, Tewkesbury
Thursday 8th July 10am to 4pm Gloucester 100 days together shop, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Gloucester

CANCELLED Saturday 17th July

10am to 4pm Gloucester Gloucester Carnival, Gloucester Park, Gloucester
Sunday 18th July 10am to 4pm Cheltenham The Brewery, Cheltenham
Thursday 29th July 10am to 2pm Gloucester Friendship Cafe, Chequersbridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester
Sunday 1st August 10am to 4pm Gloucester Jamaica Day event, Gloucester Park, Gloucester
Friday 13th August 10am to 4pm Gloucester Barton Street, Gloucester

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.

To find out more about the new helpline, please visit the Barnardo's website.