Po­lice force praised by equal­ity cam­paign­ers

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CHESHIRE Con­stab­u­lary has been named a top em­ployer for work­ing cul­ture re­lat­ing to race by an equal­i­ties cam­paign group.

The force was in­cluded among 65 pub­lic and pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions by Busi­ness In The Com­mu­nity.

A Cheshire po­lice spokesman said the list was com­piled fol­low­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion made in the McGregor-Smith re­view of race in the work­place ear­lier this year.

Cri­te­ria cov­ered lead­er­ship, progress, re­cruit­ment and in­clu­sive work­place cul­tures.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions also had to show the im­pact of their poli­cies on black, Asian and mi­nor­ity eth­nic (BAME) em­ploy­ees.

The in­clu­sion comes just two years on since the then-Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May named Cheshire po­lice as one of four forces with no black of­fi­cers. It now has three. Act­ing Chief Con­sta­ble Janette McCormick said: “We are de­lighted to have been in­cluded by Busi­ness In The Com­mu­nity as one of the UK’s best em­ploy­ers for race.

“We are fully com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing our force re­flects the com­mu­nity we serve and a big part of this in­volves creat­ing an in­clu­sive work­place.

“Last month we show­cased our com­mit­ment to the black, Asian, and mi­nor­ity eth­nic (BAME) com­mu­nity by host­ing this year’s an­nual Na­tional Black Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion (NBPA) Con­fer­ence in Ch­ester.

“It was a real honour and the con­fer­ence al­lowed us to de­velop pos­i­tive con­ver­sa­tions and iden­tify and of­fer con­struc­tive so­lu­tions.

“To fea­ture on this list demon­strates that we are creat­ing an in­clu­sive work­place at Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary and ap­ply­ing best prac­tice on race equal­ity.”

Cheshire Po­lice And Crime Com­mis­sioner David Keane added: “One of my key polic­ing pri­or­i­ties is to de­liver a ser­vice con­nected to our com­mu­ni­ties.

“Creat­ing an in­clu­sive work­place is a vi­tal el­e­ment in achiev­ing this goal, and I am there­fore ex­tremely pleased that the force has been named by Busi­ness In The Com­mu­nity as one of the UK’s best em­ploy­ers for race.

“This recog­ni­tion re­flects the work be­ing done to en­sure we are a po­lice force and an or­gan­i­sa­tion demon­strat­ing best prac­tice on race equal­ity.”

San­dra Kerr OBE, Busi­ness In The Com­mu­nity race equal­ity di­rec­tor, said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary on be­ing named in the first ever best em­ploy­ers for race list­ing.

“They are tak­ing a com­pre­hen­sive and strate­gic ap­proach to tack­ling racial in­equal­i­ties within their or­gan­i­sa­tion and have shown their com­mit­ment and lead­er­ship on this is­sue.

“I hope more em­ploy­ers will fol­low their ex­am­ple of best prac­tice and take part in the 2018 list­ing.

She added: “If em­ploy­ers truly want their work­places to re­flect the clients, com­mu­ni­ties and cus­tomers they serve, the time to act is now.”

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