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Equality & Diversity

Norfolk Constabulary serves a diverse community and we are keen to develop a workforce that reflects this.

Visible and non-visible minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people are currently under-represented in our workplace and therefore we particularly encourage interest from people in these groups.

It is important to understand that although we are able to encourage individuals from under-represented groups to apply to join Norfolk Constabulary, all applications are strictly considered on merit, not ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

The above criteria are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010.

If you have any concerns about how your gender, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or any other aspect of your life might impact on a career with Norfolk Constabulary, you can request a completely confidential discussion with a serving police officer from a similar background. If nobody is available, you can be put in touch with an officer with a genuine understanding of the issues surrounding diversity within the police. 

Simply call 01953 423788 or 01953 423793 if you would like to arrange to talk to someone. For more information about the joining the police please visit our recruitment pages

 

Staff Support at Norfolk Constabulary

'First Contacts'
Our 'First Contacts' are available to all members of staff who have issues of concern at work. First Contacts are both police officers and members of police staff who have undertaken specialist training to enable them to provide confidential support and information.
 
Networks
We have extensive staff support networks to create confidential forums for people to share experiences, advice, support and reassurance in an informal and relaxed environment. Where possible, you will be allowed time out of your working day to attend network meetings. They can be a valuable source of career advice, mentoring and building confidence and inspiration through role models. Active participation in the network can in itself help you to develop skills which may be useful in your career.

These networks help us to support and develop our diverse workforce as well as acting as a 'critical friend' - providing different perspectives on both employment and service delivery.

By sharing their expertise, they help us to develop good policy, practice, plans and strategies. They also help to improve recruitment, retention and progression of under-represented and disadvantaged groups. The Constabulary is pleased to be working with the following staff networks:

  • Norfolk Black Police Association  
  • Norfolk LGBT+ Police Network
  • The Forum (Leading positive change in Norfolk Constabulary in relation to gender, flexible working & caring matters)
  • Reach Out (disability)
  • Norfolk Christian Police Association  

 

Norfolk Constabulary Equal Opportunities Statement

Our commitment to fair treatment and equality of opportunity is non-negotiable: we believe that the members of the diverse communities we serve, and all those who contribute to the work of the police service, have a right to be treated with dignity and respect.

We will ensure that our employment practices promote a work culture that values diversity and respect for the individual and where the only criterion for recruitment and promotion is suitability for the post. We are determined to eliminate all forms of harassment and unfair bias.

We recognise our responsibilities in promoting equality of opportunity, eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting good relations between diverse communities. We are committed to the development of a workforce, which fully reflects the diversity of our community.