Warwickshire and West Mercia Police officers have been recognised for their commitment to increasing black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation in the workplace.
The alliance has been named as a Finalist in the Recruiting Diverse Talent Award category at the Race for Opportunity Awards 2015.
The awards celebrate outstanding practice, innovation and dedication to race equality and inclusion in UK workplaces.
The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on October 6 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.
The force says this positive engagement work means there are currently 47 BAME applicants at various stages of the student officer recruitment process.
Within the last 12 months BAME representation in both forces has increased across all roles. Student officer representation has increased to 2.7 per cent, staff members to 2.5 per cent, PCSOs to 4.5 per cent and Specials to 5.1 per cent.
These action plans have been commissioned by the Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police Martin Jelley and the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police David Shaw.
The focus has been on ensuring all positive action engagement activity is targeted and where possible, collaborative.
By asking BAME communities to feedback either their experiences or perceived barriers to seeing the Police as an employer of choice, the forces have been able to listen and act in order to gain their support and trust to help us shape their activities and engagement.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Nav Malik, Chair of the Diversity Deliver Group said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to creating a workplace culture which puts race equality at the heart of our activity and have demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring that ethnic minority talent has equal opportunity to progress at every level. This nomination demonstrates our forces ongoing commitment to this work.”
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball said: “There is no doubt that to have the full confidence of the public, the police service needs to be representative of the people it serves and encourage greater diversity in its workforce. While there clearly is still some way to go before this is fully achieved, I am delighted that Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police’s commitment to increase Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic representation among the workforce has been recognised nationally and is now being seen as an example for other organisations to follow.”
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore said: “It’s clearly very positive that the two forces have been shortlisted for this award. We live in an increasingly diverse part of the world, and it’s only right that the forces should represent & reflect that diversity, and be proud of doing so. It’s encouraging to see the forces are heading in the right direction in terms of their approach with this, and I hope that progress continues.”