Diversity in our police family brings different perspectives and help us better understand our communities. In doing so, we can innovate and respond to the needs of our ever-changing society.
Positive Action helps employers identify and remove barriers and issues to the recruitment, retention and progression of people from under-represented groups so that everyone has a fair chance to unlock their true potential.
Who can benefit from Positive Action?
Positive Action helps anyone under the Equality Act 2010 which includes those who class themselves as having a disability, from a Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic background or LGBTQ+
What kind of support is available?
Our Positive Action team, made up of serving officers and police staff can offer tailored bespoke support to guide you through the application process. They can assist you to overcome any barriers you may feel you face, whatever part of our police family you are thinking of joining.
Want to find out more about our Positive Action support?
Register your interest below by contacting the Positive Action team by email. Make sure you share your name, the local authority area where you live and whether you are female, Black, Asian and minority ethnic so we can share details about our events with you.
Join us for an online recruitment event, where you’ll find out more about the support Positive Action can offer. You’ll find out more about:
Northumbria Police and the role of a PC and special constable
Entry routes into policing
The police recruitment process, from application to assessment centre and interview
Fitness test and self-defence training
Mock training session (fitness test, officer safety training and legislation)
Behaviours, standards and values
The competency based questions as part of the application process. If English is your second language we’ll be able to offer you further support
Reasonable adjustments throughout the application process for those with a disability
We are a Disability Confident Employer and guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria Police Staff non-operational roles. We’ll work to ensure we have as many support mechanisms in place as possible, including accessible buildings and hearing loops. Once in force, our Disabled and Carers Association offers a great network to share ideas and lived experiences.
Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates
We understand that in some communities there are perceived barriers to joining our police family – whether that’s doubts about whether you would fit in or concerns about whether you’re right for the role. Our multi-cultural Positive Action team host workshops to dispel common myths about policing, give candidates a good idea of what to expect from the job and the recruitment process and help them feel confident to apply.
The team also works to ensure you are equally well supported once in post with access to prayer rooms and quiet rooms, the option for religious clothing for officers and flexibility around observing religious holidays and practices. We also have a public holiday policy allowing re-allocation of Christian bank holidays to alternative religious dates.
For the first time this year, our Positive Action team are hosted recruitment workshops for those who identify as LGBT+. You’ll get a sense of our inclusive culture at #TeamNP and see how we can support you to overcome some of the barriers you may feel you face to joining our team. You’ll also meet members of our active and influential LGBT network and find out about the role they play.