Nottinghamshire Police is recruiting a greater proportion of officers from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds than any other force in England and Wales.
Between April and September this year 25% of the force’s new intake under Operation Uplift were officers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
The new recruits are part of a wider expansion to the force, which has welcomed around 350 new officers since September 2019.
6.5% of Nottinghamshire officers now come from a BAME background – up from 3.8% at the start of the uplift programme.
When compared to the diversity of the communities it serves based on the last Census, Nottinghamshire also has the highest BAME representation in the country – at 57% of the last Census figure which showed 11% BAME for Nottinghamshire.
That compares to 53% in Greater Manchester, 37% in Leicestershire and 38% in Greater London.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “Community policing is fundamentally about the strength of relationships we have in the communities we serve and the trust they have in us to respond to their concerns and address the challenges they face.
“That’s why it’s important that people from all of our communities are represented in our workforce – because they make us a better, more understanding force that delivers the best results for all of the people we serve. This makes us better at what we do and how we do it as a team. We are also now seeing cohorts which comprise 45% of female officers which is a radically different position than just a few years ago.
“Working as a police officer can be very challenging, but it can also be hugely rewarding and enjoyable. From the satisfaction that comes with helping others to the sheer number of opportunities for learning and development that come with the role, I really can’t recommend it enough as a career option for anybody who wants to make our county a better, safer place to live and work.
“It is a matter of great personal pride to me that more and more people from BAME backgrounds look to Nottinghamshire Police not only as a potential employer, but also as an organisation they want to help develop and make stronger for the future. That is happening because of the huge amount of work we have put into our recruitment processes, which includes a real focus on community and youth engagement programmes, schools outreach, and positive action. I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone who has made this possible including my staff and all those members of the community who help us to achieve this ”
Welcoming the news, Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Along with community partners and the force I have been working hard since I was elected in 2012 to increase the diversity of the workforce. It is vital that the force is representative of the community it serves. As these figures prove, Nottinghamshire Police is recruiting a greater proportion of officers who are from minority racial background.
“I’m proud that we have managed to push down the racial diversity barrier and we are ahead of comparable Forces with the largest proportion of people from a BAME background now being recruited, and I’m grateful to all those who have worked hard to achieve this.
“However, there is more to be done and we will continue to breakdown any further barriers to a truly diverse workforce. Policing is a great career, offering opportunity and progression to everyone and I hope these figures encourage more people to apply to join us. Our recruitment programme is continuing and the future looks exciting.”
Posted on Friday 30th October 2020