Avon and Somerset Police are launching a drive to increase the recruitment of under-represented groups to reflect the diversity in our communities.
Avon and Somerset Police is joining the National Black Police Association to host an event on Friday 29 January between 10am and 2pm. Fourteen constabularies across the country are joining together to share best practice on how to attract particular groups to apply for jobs in the police service. The focus will be on attracting the recruitment of black, minority and ethnic (BME) staff.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “For Avon and Somerset to be the best police force it can be, it needs to be truly representative of the local communities it serves. Being part of the policing service is a rewarding and fulfilling career choice and we hope that people from all backgrounds recognise that.
“It’s important that the doors are open to anyone and everyone who is considering a vocation in policing and wants to make a difference. Avon and Somerset is a diverse and vibrant place to live and work and if you have a passion for keeping your local community safe and feeling safe I would encourage you to find out more and apply.”
Chief Inspector Norman Pascal said: “We recognise we have some way to go to truly represent the communities we serve and are identifying ways to encourage people to join us. Much of our work is identifying why these groups don’t see us as an employer of choice and we are also looking at ways to support people through the application process.
The Representative Workforce at Avon and Somerset Constabulary have been working to increase the diversity as a whole and are looking at ways to support people from under-represented groups through the recruitment process. This can be people with disabilities, BME or lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.
Kate - Nana, Postman Pat lover and Incident Assessor and Review Officer
I’m Kate and I have been working at A & S for 14 years and I love it. I began as a call handler. After 12 years I felt I needed another challenge and moved into the Incident Assessment Unit (IAU).
My ambition was to be an Air Stewardess. But at 17 I had a motorbike accident, where I lost my leg, and I use crutches to get about. I had to make big career changing decisions to adapt to my disability.
I married and had two children, and loved being a housewife and mum, but as I found myself one day laughing at Postman Pat whilst eating my lunch – and the kids were at school – I decided I needed to get a job.
Working in IAU is about accuracy and is victim focused. We have to know the difference between common assault and GBH, theft and robbery. We are the first point of contact for the victim.
Colin Williams, Football Manager, Sportsman and Detective Constable
I’m Colin and I have served in the Royal Navy for nine years and during my time developed aspirations to join the police. It has been the highlight of my career and I have not looked back. I was a PC for ten years and I have been a Detective Constable for 14 years and it has given me great satisfaction.
I deal with a variety of incidents and meet lots of interesting people. Each day is unpredictable; I could be at my desk examining vital evidence to attending the scene of a serious crime. I enjoy my role and I'm pleased that I can provide help to all the people I meet.
Leanne – Mum, Weight lifter and PC
I’m Leanne and I live with my partner Charlotte, my two stepsons, five cats and a dog.
I have been a Police Constable for 12 ½ years, and a member of the LGBT liaison team for two and half years. I wanted to be a police officer from the age of ten years old. I also volunteer as a Police cadet leader.
I have been involved in situations that have made me cry with laughter and with sadness. I have been assaulted, shouted at, sworn at and hated by some, but thanked, hugged and welcomed by the majority. If I can go home at the end of a shift knowing I have done all I can to help someone, then I am doing what I joined to do.
Bijou, Mum, Paraglider and PCSO
I am Bijou. Sometimes we choose our work and other times the work chooses us.
I'm a very optimistic and outgoing person who likes to help others. As a PCSO I have the opportunity to solve problems and help people in difficult situations. I find working with children especially rewarding- these days’ children are often confused and lacking positive role models.
I'm not really an athletic person but I do work out because of my personal commitment to stay healthy and strong. Two years ago I took climbing lessons and became hooked. This gives my 12 year old daughter, my partner and I something to do together that we all enjoy.
Ayesha – obsessed with spin classes and sweets, Detective Sergeant
I’m Ayesha and I finished my psychology degree in 2004, and saw an advert for the police. I worked on response for two years, I knew I wanted to be a detective and so moved to the burglary squad in 2007. In 2010 I qualified as a detective and worked in the Bristol CID office. In 2015 I was promoted to detective Sergeant on Protect, which means I manage a team investigating child abuse, domestic abuse, rapes, serious sexual assaults.
Every single day is different, it can be overwhelming, fun, exciting, sad and challenging, so it helps if you have a sense of humour, positive attitude and a great team with you and seeing the difference that you make is amazing.
Lou – Mum, Animal Lover, Dog Handler
I’m Lou and I feel privileged to have two amazing dogs that I love to work and share with my family. It’s fair to say that my husband is very understanding. Home life is rather busy when you put two daughters, an elderly horse, chickens, cats and guinea pigs and our pet spaniel into the mix. I just have to keep juggling those balls and often survive on five hours sleep. But it is so worth it.
I started my career almost 24 years ago. I trained as a Detective and worked in CID and the child abuse investigation team.
My ambition was always to be a dog handler. The assessments were tough and physically challenging to test those with grit and determination. I may not have been the fastest, but I have bucket loads of that. I fell at the interview stage and had to repeat the assessment 18 months later. That was almost seven years ago now. My advice is to choose something you enjoy and it doesn’t feel like work - follow your dreams.
Follow our campaign (starts 29 January) on twitter @ASPolice, @ASPoliceRepWork using #JoinASP to discover the opportunities for jobs and careers here at Avon and Somerset. Find out how people feel to work here and how you can join us. Alternatively you can visit our recruitment pages. Police Officer recruitment opens soon!
Posted on Monday 25th January 2016