Staff Support and Welfare

Staff Support Networks

Our staff support networks play a very important part in the organisation, empowering staff and officers from under-represented groups to have their voice heard at all levels of the organisation. The groups act as a support mechanism and undertake advocacy and representative functions. They also enable the police to consult with and involve staff from a diverse range of groups on a variety of issues including strategic decision making.

Staff support networks

The Dorset Police Christian Police Association (CPA) branch is a staff support group aiming to support all colleagues (officers, staff, specials and volunteers) working within Dorset Police and encouraging Christian colleagues to live out their Christian faith in the workplace. It is non-denominational. In other words, we have members who are Baptist, Church of England, Methodist and Pentecostals and from many of the other mainstream traditions. We are concerned for righteousness both on and off duty and support the Force Chaplaincy Service. Prayer and prayer support are key to our faith and through our work and private lives we aim to glorify Jesus Christ. The National CPA, to which we are affiliated, is a member of the Evangelical Alliance and supports its Basis of Faith and its Vision, Mission and Purpose.

Available to all our disabled staff, this is a confidential network to assist staff with disabilities who may wish to raise issues, discuss problems or seek advice. The network co-ordinator sits on the Positive Action Group and is therefore able to raise issues of concern or highlight problems at the highest level. The network is often involved in consultation concerning disability matters within the force and is a valuable source of reference.

The Women's Support Network seeks to support and enable women to achieve and develop to the best of their potential by: providing them with information; answering their questions; giving them a voice at the highest levels of the organisation; and the opportunity to engage and keep in touch with women throughout the Dorset Police community.

The Dorset LGBT+ Support Network is the staff support group for anyone in the policing family who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGB&T).

We offer support, undertake awareness raising activities and act as a critical friend to the Force, challenging it to improve its services and processes for all.  We want to increase the visibility of supportive colleagues who do not identify as LGB&T, but who wish to work alongside the network to improve support, equal opportunities and reduce the isolation and discrimination that some staff experience. 

Dorset BAME Network is first and foremost a support network consisting of minority ethnic police officers and police staff, special constables and volunteers of all ranks and grades from across the Force. We also have a number of associate members who have an interest and commitment to furthering the aims of the Dorset BAME network. The network supports the Force's commitment to having a workforce representative of the community we serve.

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