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PCC holds West Mercia Chief Constable to account over equality and fairness in policing

PCC John Campion is seeking assurance that West Mercia Police is dedicated to developing a diverse workforce that represents the make-up of our community, reinforcing his commitment to fairness in policing.

As part of a wider programme, the next ‘holding to account’ meeting, on August 4th 2020, will discuss how the leadership team is creating a culture of fairness, identifying and nurturing talent from officers and staff with protected characteristics, and tackling the issues that affect them in the workplace.

Officers and staff from these groups have been asked for their personal experiences of working within the force, and the PCC will ask how these first hand experiences will shape the force’s recruitment, training and progression programme to make sure that it’s fair and inclusive for all.

PCC John Campion’s Safer West Mercia Plan sets a priority that West Mercia Police should invest in the workforce and staff development, making sure that officers, staff and volunteers have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

PCC John Campion said, “I have promised to make sure that officers and staff have a fair and equal opportunity to join and progress a career within the force. There needs to be a drive to create a diverse leadership for the future, which better represents the communities of West Mercia.”

“It is imperative that those with protected characteristics have exactly the same opportunities for progression and training, and I am committed to making sure that fairness and equality are at the heart of the force’s recruitment and progression programmes.”

“Holding the Chief Constable to account against these measures is important for not only the workforce of West Mercia Police, but for society as a whole.”

Published Wednesday 29th July 2020

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