Positive action

Anton Hunte, chair of SAME – BTP’s Support Association for Minority Ethnic Staff – explains why we’re encouraging applications from women and people from minority ethnic groups in our latest Police Officer recruitment campaign

Positive action

Let’s get straight to the point - we need to reflect the communities we serve.

It’s important that every single one of us feels that the police work for us, that we can approach them when we need them most and they will always do their best to help us, whoever we are.

At British Transport Police (BTP) we want our people, including our Police Officers, to reflect the communities we serve so that we can represent them in the best way possible.

We are a nationwide police force, so we work closely with people from all kinds of backgrounds every day. At the moment, a fifth of our Police Officers are women and less than one in 10 are from an ethnic minority.

We think we can and should do more to make BTP more representative of our communities by giving potential applicants from under-represented groups encouragement and confidence to apply to join us.

Policing in the UK has come a long way in recent years to work towards this goal but there is still a long way to go.

We recently launched a campaign to recruit new Police Officers to start work with us in April 2017 in a number of locations across the country. We are using this as an opportunity to clearly state that we particularly want to hear from women and applicants from black and minority ethnic groups.

What this means

This means we understand that our Force, like others across the UK, simply doesn’t represent the communities it serves, that we know this is an important issue and that we want to address it. It means we will provide help and support to encourage applicants who are currently under-represented within the police – specifically women and black and minority ethnic applicants.

What this doesn’t mean

In short, it doesn’t mean that we don’t want to see applications from white men or that they will be disadvantaged in the process. However, we don’t need to encourage white men to apply to join the police in quite the same way. Over 70 per cent of Police Officers are men and more than 90 per cent are white.

How are we doing this?

We know that one of the biggest barriers to people from under-represented groups joining the police is that they feel policing is an unknown, often because they feel removed from the police. To help with this, we run workshops that explain in more detail the history of BTP and what we do and what is involved when applying to join us.

This is called ‘positive action’ and is endorsed by Sections 158 and 159 of the Equality Act 2010. It is entirely legal and shouldn’t be confused with ‘positive discrimination’, which is unlawful.

This is about making BTP more accessible to people who traditionally feel as though they wouldn’t have that access. It isn’t about giving anyone an unfair advantage and it certainly isn’t about putting anyone above anyone else.

Ultimately, we welcome applications from everyone, regardless of their background, their gender or the colour of their skin.

We judge all applications on their individual merit and everyone that is assessed has to meet the same rigorous standards.

If you think you have what it takes visit our website where you can find out more information and apply.

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