Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has reaffirmed his commitment to investing in policing by establishing a new team to improve equality and diversity within Cleveland Police.
Recruitment is underway for a team to deliver the Force’s new Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy, driving forward cultural and organisational change within the organisation.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cleveland Police are seeking experts in all things equality, diversity and inclusion to lead the award-winning Everyone Matters programme.
An Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Programme Manager and two Equality Diversity and Inclusion Officers, will join an existing member of staff to make up the new Everyone Matters Team.
This team will work with the Commissioner, with officers, staff and volunteers right across Cleveland Police and with our communities, to drive the programme forward for the benefit of the whole Cleveland area.
The Everyone Matters strategy is a joint commitment between the Force and the OPCC and was launched in 2017 after Mr Coppinger set a requirement for the Force to improve the way it operates as an employer and serves the diverse needs of all communities in Cleveland.
Specialist training has been rolled out to give officers and staff a better understanding of diverse communities and successful action has been taken to attract people from under-represented groups to apply to join the Force.
Last week staff from Cleveland Police won the Public Sector Award at the Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards for their work to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for a police officer role.
This new team will build on that progress.
Mr Coppinger said: “When the Everyone Matters strategy was launched in 2017, it was clear that Cleveland Police had a long journey ahead to improve their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
“While progress has been made, there is much still to do and the Everyone Matters programme needs renewed energy and commitment.
“To ensure Everyone Matters maintains momentum, I am revitalising the programme by taking on strategic ownership and recruiting a new team – who will work on a joint basis across both organisations to embed the strategy and implement change.
“These roles offer an exciting but challenging opportunity to become involved in the Everyone Matters programme at a key time in its implementation. We’re looking for people who are passionate about making Cleveland Police an employer of choice, by creating a more inclusive and diverse environment for all.”
Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “I welcome this renewed commitment by the Police and Crime Commissioner to the Everyone Matters ethos. This will drive forward our continuing determination to make ours a workplace which embodies and values equality and diversity and in which no one feels out of place or less valued than anyone else.
“I am personally chairing our Everyone Matters Board and will work in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure that this becomes part of the fabric of Cleveland Police.”
People can apply on the Cleveland Police Career’s website and applications close at 23:59 on Sunday 29th September 2019.
Posted on Monday 23rd September 2019