Diversity & supporting our staff
We are an equal opportunities employer. We work closely with people from all parts of the community, and we believe that the diversity of people working within the police force should reflect the diversity in the community itself.
We have a number of staff associations dedicated to the interests of staff within the organisation:
- The Disability Staff Support Network helps to support people with disabilities within the force, sharing experiences and raising awareness.
- We also have a separate Merseyside Police Gay and Lesbian Support Network who provide a support network for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.
- We are also part of the National LGBT Police Network, we are an official national police body providing a collective voice for local LGBT Police groups and associations from across England, Wales & Northern Ireland. www.lgbtpolice.uk
- The Merseyside Black Police Association works with all black and racial minority staff to identify and eradicate any signs of racism that may appear, and to encourage people from racial minorities to join the force.
- Merseyside Women's Network aims to ensure that the value and contribution of female staff is fully recognised, and that women in the organisation are helped to reach their full potential.
By law, police officers are not allowed to join a trade union, however the interests of officers up to the rank of superintendent are represented by the Police Federation of England and Wales, while the Superintendents' Association of England and Wales represents senior officers.