We value difference, in our force with a difference
There are great opportunities for you, with us in the MDP. We are a force with a difference. We offer a different route into policing, in different working environments, some public-facing and some more behind the scenes.
In the MDP you have a unique opportunity to specialise in armed policing from the beginning of your career. By joining us you’ll bring something unique to our police family too… you.
Our people are the very foundation of our organisation. Your individual background, skills and experiences are exactly what we’re looking for, because we value difference in our force with a difference.
We recognise the importance of our organisation being representative of the people and communities we serve. We understand too that people perform better when they can be themselves and when they are able to work in an environment where they’re treated with respect and feel valued.
We’re committed to providing an inclusive working environment where everyone can contribute to the organisation’s success and be able to achieve their full potential.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, what gender, or colour or height. If you’re capable of carrying out the role, that’s all that matters.
Laura, PC from Menwith Hill
Diversity and Inclusion Board
The MDP has an established structure to progress diversity and inclusion within the organisation and ensure it’s championed at all levels, starting from the very top. This includes the:
- Diversity and Inclusion Board (DIB), chaired by the Chief Constable and supported by Champions (from the Chief Officer team) and Advocates
- Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, with representation from all ranks and civilian grades across the Force
It is our aim to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and attracts the best talent from the widest pool of people.
Black, Asian and Ethnic minority people, women and members of the LGBT+ community are currently underrepresented in our workforce, particularly in our operational policing roles. We therefore use positive action to encourage and offer support to staff and applicants from those under-represented groups.
What is positive action?
Positive action is used to address a situation where protected groups are disproportionally under-represented in an organisation.
Positive action sees us using a range of measures and initiatives to encourage and increase participation in recruitment activity by people from under-represented groups. The aim also being to counteract the effects of past discrimination and help eliminate stereotyping.
It’s not about favouring some people over others, but it is a way of helping us to actively encourage people from under-represented groups to apply for jobs and promotions.
Positive action aims to show potential employees how we welcome applications from all people, including those in under-represented groups. Final selection for posts is always made on merit.
Our Positive Action initiatives include:
A buddy scheme for joiners
The buddy is a trained police officer or member of staff from our staff networks who becomes a point of contact for support and guidance during the recruitment process and throughout training.
Candidate information sessions
Sessions for all candidates, to provide information on joining the MDP, with a broad range of staff members to offer guidance and advice, including members of our staff networks.
If you would like to talk about how we may be able to assist you in the application process, please contact: MDP-PositiveActionGMB@mod.gov.uk