Merseyside Police is committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we police and serve. 

We recognise that although the diversity of our staff is improving, we are not fully representative yet and we are striving to address this imbalance through positive action support.

Whilst Merseyside Police is proud to use Positive Action, it is essential to remember that all our personnel practices, including recruitment, promotion and development are applied consistently and fairly and that the overriding principle governing selection is always based on merit alone.

What is Positive Action?

Positive action simply means steps an employer can take which seeks to level the playing field for under-represented groups by providing advice, guidance and support where required, whilst still maintaining the high standards for recruitment and promotion and stipulating that selection is based purely on the required skills and abilities of the candidate for the role.

The Equality Act 2010 protects people from being treated less favourably because they have a protected characteristic.Government guidance on the Act can be found here.

Why do we need it?

Achieving a representative police service is vital for reasons of legitimacy and public confidence. Positive action seeks to achieve this aim by redressing the balance of disadvantage of under represented groups. Merseyside Police recognises that a diverse workforce brings with it many advantages such as:

  • Putting our community first - a diverse workforce will help us to understand the diverse needs of our communities and be able to adapt accordingly.
  • Multi-cultural organisations are better positioned to serve multi-cultural commuities, by overcoming language and cultural barriers.
  • Increased Productivity - Staff perform better in an organisation that is truly reflective and values diversity and well-being.
  • Diversity of staff enables diversity of thought thereby providing more adaptibility in terms of problem solving by offering a wider array of possible solutions.

Who is eligible for Positive Action?

The Equality Act, allows positive action to be used when there is under-representation. Within Merseyside Police the following groups/communities are currently under-represented.

  • Females (police officer roles only)
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Disabled (if you have a disability which would still allow you to fulfil the role)
  • Gay/lesbian/bisexual
  • Transgender
  • Minority religions, e.g. Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Sikh

What is Available?

We recognise everybody is an individual and has different needs therefore the Positive Action Team (PAT) offer a variety of initiatives such as providing appropriate advice, encouragement and support throughout the recruitment process specifically for people who are underrepresented within the organisation.

Positive Action Myths

There are often many misconceptions around Positive Action and it can sometimes be viewed negatively by those who do not fully understand its purpose. It is essential to understand that every candidate who is successful during a recruitment process has always achieved this on their own merit and not by receiving positive action support.

For clarity purposes Positive Action does not

  • Provide unfair advantage to any groups
  • Remove competition for jobs
  • Give anybody specific answers

If you have a protected characteristic as outlined above and you are interested in working for Merseyside Police we would love to hear from you, please declare your interest here and a member of the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Team will contact you.