We recognise that our ability to provide an effective service depends on the skills and abilities of our people. The more diverse our people are, the wider the range of skills, abilities and experiences we have available to us. We are committed to recruiting, developing, retaining and promoting the best people, with different skills, backgrounds and experiences, who are representative of the communities we serve.
To encourage applicants from under-represented groups we use positive action. Find out more here.
We seek to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled people to participate in the recruitment process. However, given the strict medical and fitness standards required for entry into an Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO) role within the Police Service, it may mean that people with some disabilities are unlikely to qualify for appointment.
People and Culture
We have an inclusive approach that values the diversity of all our people and seeks to understand and address the issues facing particular groups. We aim to enable every officer to realise their potential and contribute fully to developing the performance of the MDP. For that reason, the MDP is committed to ensuring all our staff enjoy a working environment free of prejudice, discrimination and harassment with no barriers to progression or achievement because of difference; we understand that people perform better when they can be themselves.
The MDP therefore does not tolerate any practice which causes any employee, job applicant or user of our services to receive unfavourable treatment on the grounds of any protected characteristic which includes age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.
Governance and Delivery
We want to enable every officer to realise their potential and contribute fully to developing the performance of the MDP. We are assisted in this by our Diversity and Inclusion Board, chaired by the Chief Constable and supported by Champions (from the Chief Officer team), Ambassadors (Superintendent rank/B2 grade) and Allies (all other ranks/grades) for all protected characteristics, with a key focus on gender, race and sexual orientation. Further information is provided in the Chief Constable’s Diversity and Inclusion Commitment which can be viewed here.
Performance and Networks
To ensure that we are getting it right on diversity and inclusion, the Force has Diversity Champion memberships of Stonewall and Business in the Community (BITC). We take part, bi-annually, in their respective benchmarking exercises to assess how, as an employer, we are doing on issues regarding Sexual Orientation (Stonewall), Gender (BITC Gender Equality Campaign) and Race (BITC Race Equality Campaign) in the workplace.
The Force has membership and is represented on the British Association of Women in Policing (BAWP), the National Black Police Association (NBPA), the National Police LGBT Network and the Scottish LGBTI Police Association. The MDP also has access to the MOD’s broad range of staff networks which include the MOD LGBT+Network and the MOD Disability Network.