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We have a strong commitment to equality and diversity in Nottinghamshire Police and in the services we provide. 

Our vision is to be the best police force in England and Wales and, to achieve this, we aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve.

We encourage applications from people in under-represented groups who are looking for new and challenging career opportunities. To achieve this, we are proud to use Positive Action.

Where we have under-representation, Positive Action measures are implemented to develop and support our people to progress and make their best possible contribution.

What is Positive Action?

Positive Action is a range of lawful actions that seek to overcome or minimise disadvantages in employment opportunities that people who share a protected characteristic have experienced, or to meet their different needs.

Section 158 of the Equality Act 2010 allows employers to use the positive action general provisions giving individuals from under represented groups the opportunity to access support and training, in preparation for and throughout the recruitment process, to overcome disadvantages when competing with others.

Positive Action is often confused with Positive Discrimination. Positive Action does not mean people will be recruited simply because of their gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. This is 'positive discrimination' which is unlawful. We treat all applicants equally and recruitment is based on merit.

Who does it apply to?

Individuals with a protected characteristic who suffer some sort of disadvantage because of that charcateristic or are disproportionately under-represented. These characteristics include:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

How do you do this?

We work closely with community groups and our officers and staff attend a variety of local events to promote working for us. 

You will see our recruitment campaigns advertised in specific newspapers and radio stations such as East Midlands po Polsku, Radio Faza and Kemet FM.

Our Positive Action Ambassadors are officers, PCSOs and Special Constables from diverse groups who have volunteered to help to encourage more people from under-represented communities to join us. They are positive role models who have been through the recruitment process themselves and are in a key position to share their experiences and provide encouragement, support and advice to people considering a career with us.

We hold support sessions to provide information and encouragment to interested applicants to guide them through the recruitment and selection process. We also offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

What support is there?

We are proud to have a number of support networks providing support to under-represented groups. These include:

  • Black Police Association
  • Nottinghamshire Encouraging Women to Succeed (NEWS)
  • The Network (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans)
  • Enable, promoting wellbeing in the workplace
  • Christian Police Association
  • Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association

Do you make reasonable adjustments?

Yes, we will make reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants and employees. We are a two tick employer and guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet all the necessary criteria for a vacancy.

Diverse range of skills

We want to recruit talented people with a diverse range of skills and experience who are committed to making a difference to the communities that we serve.

Recruiting from the widest pool of people will mean we recruit individuals who can speak other languages, understand other cultures and lifestyles and are willing to use those skills to the benefit of the community and the organisation.  A more diverse workforce will build trust and confidence across communities, leading to sharing of information and closer working.

We are not yet fully representative and we are working to address this imbalance.  If you are from an under-represented group, we fully encourage you to consider joining our policing family. To find out more about the support we can offer please contact Jo Ratchford at: hr.positiveaction@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk or via text to 07595 008494.

People from a black and minority ethnic background including, our eastern European and Chinese communities, and people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ communities are currently under-represented within Nottinghamshire Police.

What is the Job Assistance Scheme?

The Job Assistance Scheme includes a directory of individuals, groups and community partners who have asked to be informed of job opportunities with us when they arise. 

The aim of this scheme is to encourage applications from people in  currently under-represented groups, including women, people from a black and minority ethnic background, and people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.

To register, please email your request to hr.positiveaction@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk