Positive action

What is 'Positive Action'?

We have a strong commitment to equality and diversity both within the organisation and in the service we provide. We aim to employ a representative workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

In order to provide a high level of service, we encourage applications from under-represented groups and we are proud to pursue a policy of 'Positive Action' in an attempt to achieve this.

'Positive Action' refers to a range of measures and initiatives that employers can lawfully take to actively encourage individuals from under-represented groups to apply.

The selection procedure itself is no different, and must be based solely on merit. 'Positive Action' does not seek to remove competition.

Who does it apply to?

'Positive Action' initiatives can be used whenever an under-represented group is identified. Legislation enables 'Positive Action' activity to be undertaken around issues of gender, disability, race, age, sexual orientation and religion or belief.

This is not a legal requirement but provisions have been made under the Equality Act 2010 for such action.  

'Positive Action' is often confused with positive discrimination. Positive discrimination, which generally means employing someone because they come from an under-represented group in spite of whether they have the relevant skills and qualifications, is unlawful.

In order to address the imbalance within the Force we would particularly like to encourage applications from the following under-represented groups to join our police family:

  • Young people
  • BAME communities
  • People with Disabilities
  • Women
  • Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual
  • Transgender

If this is something you would be interested in we invite you to provide us with your contact details in order for a member of our Positive Action Team to make contact with you to understand what sort of role you are looking to apply for whether it is Police Officer, Special Constable, Police Staff or Volunteer.  We will then make arrangements to discuss what assistance we can provide.

Please follow this link to provide your contact details. Please note, this will take you through to the Devon & Cornwall Police Positive Action site. This is because Dorset Police and Devon & Cornwall Police are working together on promoting Positive Action.

Force Values

The values of Dorset Police apply to all our dealings with individuals, communities and each other. These are the standards for which we strive and by which we wish to be judged. Find out more about our values by following this link.

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