Positive Action2021-07-21T15:32:08+01:00

What is Positive Action?

Northumbria Police strives to be representative of the community we serve and we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to join us.

Having true difference 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.

Live Q&A Events

We are welcoming those from underrepresented groups to attend a Live Q&A with our Northumbria Police Officers, staff and volunteers.

Structures in our society mean that not everybody starts from the same position. There may be barriers that prevent people from achieving their potential.

Positive Action initiatives can be lawfully taken to remove barriers and to actively encourage under-represented groups to bring their talent, experience and expertise to join our organisation. Positive Action is about levelling the playing field to ensure equity and opportunity for all.

Our live Q&A events will provide you with an opportunity to speak to serving officers, staff and volunteers about their careers and through these Q&A sessions, we hope to inspire and empower you to make an informed decision on a career within #TeamNP.

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Information and Engagement Events:

It takes a great deal of people from different backgrounds, with diverse skills and experience to serve the Northumbria Police force area effectively, think you have what it takes to help us make a difference? We strive to be representative of the communities we serve and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to join us, we are encouraging women and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to apply.
Our virtual engagement events will give you an insight into what working as a response officer on the frontline for Northumbria Police is really like. You will have the opportunity to speak to current serving officers, members of our dedicated Positive Action team and recruitment team, sign up to attend one of our events and start your Police Officer journey.

Register your interest

What support can Positive Action offer me?

Our Positive Action team, made up of serving officers and police staff, are on hand to offer assistance to prospective candidates with protected characteristics. This includes applicants from black and minority ethnic communities and women.

They can offer tailored, and sometimes one to one 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.

What is our current area of focus?

We are currently encouraging applications from women and those who identify as Black, Asian and minority ethnic. It takes a great deal of people from different backgrounds and with diverse skills and experiences to serve the force area effectively.

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.

Contact our Positive Action Team

What is the Disability Confident guaranteed interview scheme?

Northumbria Police is committed to encouraging Diversity, Equality and Inclusion amongst its workforce through the support of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) 2018-2025 Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Strategy. The vision is that by 2025 policing will be a profession with a more representative workforce that will align the right skills, powers and experience to meet the challenging requirements. To broaden our reach to communities, in particular the disabled community,

We are certified in the Disability Confident Scheme and are committed to ensuring that our recruitment processes are inclusive and accessible to all. As part of the scheme we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria Police Staff non-operational roles.

If you meet the criteria, you will be able to express your interest in progressing through this route on the application form but if you have any questions ahead of applying, then please contact our Positive Action Team via the ‘contact’ button below. Please also click here for further information about the scheme.

Our Positive Action Engagement Events

We are inviting prospective candidates to join us for an online recruitment event, where you’ll find out more about the support we can offer.

  • Introduction to Northumbria Police and the role and functions of a regular and / or special constable
  • Entry routes into policing
  • A walk through 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)
  • Facilitated workshops on behaviours, standards and decision making based on national competencies and values, The Police Service Code of Ethics and the national decision making model.
  • We’ll support you in understanding 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